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When a student has mastered about all there is to learn of Account-
ancy and Bookkeeping for any trading business in two
comparatively brief sets, he is "going some. "
That is what is accomplished in the Elementary and Wholesale Sets of Rowe's Bookkeeping and Account-
ancy. These two sets teach a kind of bookkeeping that has never before been taught in commercial schools of any
kind or grade. It is the kind of bookkeeping that is authorized by the leading accountants of the country. It is
scientific, it is practical, and yet it has all been made very simple and easy for the student.
When a student is qualified to take an old set of books, reconstruct the important trading and expense ac-
counts into their proper sub-classifications, and practically rebuild a new set of books from them, he has about
mastered the subject. This is just what he does in these two sets, particularly in the Wholesale Set. It is done
by dropping obsolete methods and teaching the subject in the right way from the very start. He does not journalize
cash and sales and purchases in one set, ana then do it some other way in another set. When he has completed the
Wholesale Set, he understands the cash book, including the use of special columns thoroughly, he understands
the ordinary sales book, also posting from sales orders to a separate sales ledger, he has kept two important forms
of the purchases book, one with as much detail as is shown in the ordinary notes receivable book, and he can keep
such unusual books as returned sales, sales rebates and allowances, insurance expense, and other books which
have never been attempted or even illustrated in any prior work on the subject. We make the unqualified claim
that the student has mastered about all there is to know in regard to any ordinary trading business upon the com-
pletion of these two sets. The consequence is that in the more advanced sets, of which there will be four or five,
we will be able to take the student into departments of higher accounting and bookkeeping that have never hereto-
fore been attempted in any text.
Now, Mr. Teacher, don't assume that this bookkeeping is like the others. It is not. This is very much
different. It is full of practical things that you ought to know, whether you teach it or not. It is sweeping the
country from one end to the other. It will be used in twice as many schools the coming year as any other book
we have ever published that has been on the market for the same length of time. It is going into the university
schools — the schools where they must, of necessity, lay the right ground-work for their courses in higher ac-
Rowe's Bookkeeping and Accountancy stands by itself in what it accomplishes and in the results pro-
duced. Look for the next issue of THE BUDGET, and see what it is doing in the hands of teachers. We are
getting results now, and we are getting them fast, and thev are all of one kind. "Unexcelled," "unequalled,"
"heretofore impossible and unattainable," are some of the phrases that are used to express the idea. Do you get it?
The idea is worth while. If it is true, it is the greatest accomplishment of modern times in .bookkeeping instruction.
These teachers say it is true, and they say it in a way that leaves no question of doubt. Let us hear from you.
THEH. M. ROWE COMPANY, sadler.7Swe rl c y ompany, Baltimore, Md.
The Success of Its Penmanship System Determines the Success of a Business College
YOU can't get around it. The other courses you teach may be par-
excellent and your methods of instruction the very best, but if the System
of Penmanship is weak or defective, you are carrying too heavy a handicap to
get to the top of the ladder. You have got to get right on the penmanship
system first and you can do that by adopting
The Ransomerian System of Penmanship
the most successful of them all.
We have just issued from the press, a Penmanship Text Book of the
Famous Ransomerian System -which has been especially designed for Busi-
ness Colleges, High Schools and similar institutions. This book covers prac-
tically every phase of Rapid Business Writing. It is by far the most com-
prehensive, complete and practical book ever offered the teacher of penman-
ship in his work, and we want to put a copy of it in every live business college
and commercial department of High Schools with the view of its adoption.
Many Business Colleges and High Schools have already adopted it.
Full particulars, special prices to schools, etc., will be furnished upon request
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The Business Journal, Published by the Business Journal Company, 229 Broadway, New York. Horar« G Wealey, Editor.
Enured >■ aecond-claM matter March 1, 1010, at the pout office at New York. N Y.. tinder the Act of March 3, 1879.
Copyright. 1910, by The Buaineia Journal Company,
SI]p (Business Journal
Schools Seldom Change
ISAAC PITMAN SHORTHAND
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Last March I celebrated my twenty-fifth anniversary as court stenographer here. In all these years
I have had great satisfaction in the use of the Isaac Pitman System, and I believe that it combines,
in a greater degree than any other, simplicity, freedom from too much nicety, and a practical rough-
and-readyiness, and at the same time possesses sufficient flexibility and precision to make it adaptable
for all kinds of technical verbatim reporting. I have been so well satisfied with it in actual work,
that I have never even dreamed of changing. I have tested it in unique ways as a teacher. In one
large class I taught without a book, simply using the blackboard and an ordinary flat ruler, the latter
being used for the illustration of the consonants, and my pupils made marvellous progress by this
method. I have in various towns in this province taught children, so that within one half-hour from
the time I began my lecture, they could read readily sentences I would write on the board in Phono-
graphy, such as, "Now you may read and write." From my experience of nearly thirty years as a
phonographic teacher, journalist, and reporter, I would say that the very simple systems which can be
learned in a phenomenally short time are usually too crude and simple for practical work ; while, on
the other hand, the systems which are very highly articulated are adapted only to a peculiar type of
mind. The Isaac Pitman System strikes the happy medium, and with proper presentation is bound
to remain ahead of all others. — Thomas Bengough, C. S. R., Official Stenographer, Civil, Surrogate
and Criminal Courts, Toronto.
Write for particulars of a free correspondence course for teachers, and a copy of "Pitman's Shorthand Weekly"
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Publishers of "Course in Isaac Pitman Shorthand," $1.50. Adopted by the New York Board of Education
A Practical Course in Touch Typewriting
Exponents of A PRACTICAL COURSE IN TOUCH TYPEWRITING have
won more typewriting contests at the National Business Shows and at the Conven-
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At the National Business Show, Madison Square Garden, on October 25 last,
Miss Lottie Betts in open competition aeainst the world's fastest amateurs wrote 2577
words in thirty minutes WITH ONLY EIGHT ERRORS, establishing a new World's
Record for Accuracy in an International Competition.
At the same contest Miss Bessie Friedman in the Novice Championship of the
World — for contestants who began the study of typewriting on or after September 1,
1909 — made a record of 81 words per minute net. We believe we are safe in saying
that Miss Friedman is the fastest tvpist of her age in the world. Both Miss Betts
and Miss Friedman studied typewriting from PRACTICAL COURSE IN TOUCH
TYPEWRITING, and both are writers of the Isaac Pitman System of Shorthand.
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A operators of the Smith Premier Model 1 Typewriter,
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and perfect mechanism, but largely to the fact that nearly all
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fl And in addition to the greater average speed, greater average
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€JA reputation for sending out thinking stenographers is the
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Phonography the Standard
Shorthand of America?
Because it is scientifically correct in its basic as-
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positively represented, and every word of the lan-
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Because it is easily written for many hours at a
stretch without weariness.
Because it is legible. Reporters who write it
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never heard the matter reported.
Because it is easily learned. Many thousands
of its students have become wage-earning aman-
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Send for complete catalog of publications to
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Munson Shorthand is the most consistent
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either straight lines or simple curves. A stroke
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In the International Typewriting Contest held
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WORLD'S TYPEWRITING CHAMPION-
SHIP. Won by Mr. H. O. Blaisdell, of New York,
a graduate of Gregg School, Chicago. Speed, 109
words net per minute, exceeding the record of last
year by 14 words per minute.
WORLD'S AMATEUR TYPEWRITING
CHAMPIONSHIP. Won by Mr. J. L. Hoyt, of
Kansas City. Speed, 95 words net per minute, ex-
ceeding the record by 19 words per minute.
TYPEWRITING CHAMPIONSHIP OF ENG-
LAND. Won for the second time by Mr. Emil A.
Trefzger. a "Rational" typist of New York, on Oc-
The Typewriting contest at the National Busi-
ness Show, St. Louis, December 1st, was won by
Mr. Gus R. Trefzger, a brother of the English
All of these writers were trained on Rational Type-
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SPOKANE IN 1912.
In the opinion of the Editors of The Journal, the National
Federation made a wise move in deciding to go to Spokane
for its next annual meeting. If the Federation is to be
national in scope, it must be in territory. During its fourteen
years of existence, it has held its meetings in a very small
circle, the longest radius being from Chicago to Pittsburg, less
than five hundred miles. The National Educational Associa-
tion thinks nothing of holding one meeting in Boston, and
the next in Seattle or Los Angeles.
To be sure, there are those who will say that we cannot go
so far west as Spokane, but we must think of those in Wash-
ington who cannot come so far east as Pittsburg, or Cincin-
nati, or even Chicago. Nevertheless, there will be a very
large attendance of eastern and middle- west business educa-
tors. The thing necessary to do, however, is for each one to
begin laying his plans at once for the trip. The trip alone
cannot help but be more valuable than an average meetmg,
for in journeying from Chicago to Spokane, for instance, one
will traverse a very delightful section of the country. A visit
to Yellowstone Park is an education in itself, and to have un-
folded to one's view the riches of the inter-mountain region
is like visiting another planet.
The Duty of Local Organizations.
In order that every business educator may feel the touch of
the Spokane Meeting, it is necessary that each local organ-
ization that holds its meetings between now and' July, 1912,
plan to send one or more delegates to that meeting. It may be
necessary to pay the traveling expenses of that delegate out of
the treasury, but it will be an investment which should bring
returns a hundred fold. The delegate would be given an
opportunity to visit a great man}' of the high grade progres-
sive western schools. He could submit a report explaining
in detail the exhaustless national resources of our great coun-
try, the opportunities for young men in the West, and many
other details could be brought to the attention of a local
organization in a way that could not fail to be very impres-
sive. Among the associations to whom this should strongly
appeal, mention might be made, at random, of the following :
New England Business School Managers' Association,
New England Supervisors' Association,
The Connecticut Business Educators' Association,
Eastern Commercial Teachers' Association,
New York Commercial Teachers' Association,
Wisconsin Business Educators' Association,
Indiana Commercial Teachers' Association,
Central Commercial Teachers' Association,
Ohio Commercial Teachers' Association,
Missouri Valley Commercial Teachers' Association,
Business Educators' Association of California,
Washington State Teachers' Association,
Oklahoma State Teachers' Association, and others.
No doubt, the secretary of the Federation, F. M. Antwerp,
as well as the secretary of the Private School Managers' Asso-
ciation, A. F. Gates, will each do his part in seeing that such
a procedure as this is carried out.
A point we most strongly urge is that the officers of each
one of these associations get into immediate touch with R. J.
Maclean, secretary of the Spokane Chamber of Commerce,
who will be glad to furnish them with all information they
could possibly desire concerning the trip to Spokane and
strike hard ! You Cons, hit back heavily ! Give each other
arguments, not froth or pyrotechnics. Here are new ques-
tions for your club :
That an income tax is a desirable part of a scheme of tax-
That life in the country is more favorable to the develop-
ment of a good character than life in the city.
That capital punishment should be abolished in New York
That poverty produces more crime than wealth or ignorance
That pupil of yours who is enthusiastic in his work ought
to be, and doubtless is, broad-minded enough to have a royal
appetite for the good things which our table offers him ; and
that pupil who is sluggish would be waked up if you gave
him an appetizer. February is a fine time to get up a club
for our Journal. Many pupils who entered last Fall had
little appreciation then of what a magazine like ours would
be of value to them ; but now they are dead in love with their
penmanship, or their shorthand, or their bookkeeping, or some
other study, and the really wise teacher would prove that
wisdom by putting into the hands of every such pupil the
monthly numbers of our magazine. Get up a club at once. A
club of ninety-two comes just now from a school where one
might possibly have expected twenty, — but the teachers were
enterprising, enthusiastic, far-sighted, and their students evi-
dently partook of their spirit and "go." February is a big
clubbing month, and we are counting on you one and all.
THAT PENMANSHIP CERTIFICATE.
We have no hesitation in saying that the very best series of
penmanship lessons presented in any magazine is to be found
in The Business Journal, and our enthusiasm is daily con-
firmed by the letters of teachers whose pupils are studying
and practicing the Lessons which Mr. Mills furnishes. Let
no teacher fail to have each pupil prepare at the close of his
course the best specimens of his work, showing the advance-
ment made, and send them to us for criticism. If found
worthy, we shall be glad to send our beautiful Certificate,
artistically engrossed with the name, date, etc., only asking a
small fee for the engrosser's service. This is a Certificate
worthy of any pupil in any home.
The Medal Distribution will soon be in order. . All over the
land they will drop into school after school, where ten sub-
scribers to our magazine are following Mr. Mills' course of
Lessons under the teacher's eyes, striving for the mastery,
becoming sublimely enthusiastic, and getting the "swing of
victory." Teachers, help every aspirant to do the best that
is in him. Pupil, be at it and always at it daily. A Gold
medal, Silver medal, and Bronze medal awaits you, and two
Certificates are. offered, in each school, one for the greatest
improvement made and one for the best writer. Forward,
THE JOURNAL'S DEBATING CLUB.
Debaters, — Are you at it? Good long winter evenings
afford you an opportunity for your debating club. You Pros,
Our readers will find a fine account of the great Federation
Meetings in the present number, the greater portion of which
will be found in the News Edition. But the report will be
continued in the March issue, with copious extracts of speeches
and addresses by such notabilities as Enos Spencer, "Uncle"
Robert Spencer, S. C. Williams, E. St. Elmo Lewis, and
others. We believe we shall have the finest account of the
Chicago Convention appearing anywhere, and other conven-
tions are bv no means ignored.
FOR BEGINNING STUDENTS.
Plate 1. — The simplest movement exercise for beginning
students is the large retraced oval. In the first line of this
plate, we have four in a group. After making the first one
going around from ten to twenty times, swing over and
make the second one, and so on through. Having made sev-
eral pages of line 1, the student should try his hand with line
3. This is a Second Degree oval, one-half the size of the
former, and requires a little more control. Many pages
should be made of this exercise, endeavoring at all times to
make the oval in proper form.
Plate 2. — Capital A should be closed at the top, one half as
wide as it is high, and finish with a curved stroke which
passes just through the base line. Count 1, 2, 3. Make 60
per minute. Capital C is made of two ovals, one small — half
the height of the other — and a second one large. The chief
trouble witli this letter in making the first oval is to bring it
close enough to the base line. Alternate the letter with the
Plate 3. — The horizontal eight exercise is a good one to
develop lateral movement. Make four to the line. Aim to
keep both parts the same size. A very nice exercise is to
begin with the small oval, gradually enlarging same until
it is as large as one can make it. In line 3 this exercise is
shown two spaces in height. It can be made larger after a
student has developed considerable movement freedom.
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Plate 4. — If one can make the simple oval, the O will pre-
sent no difficulty. Observe that the finishing oval is small,
and that it barely passes through the side of the oval when
completed. Count 1, 2 and make 90 per minute. The E is
another letter that is made up entirely of ovals. Care should
be taken to make the first part on the proper slant, the rest
of the letter will take care of itself. Do not make the second
part unduly large.
Plate 5. — In making the first line of this plate, the straight
line or post should be made after which the oval can be
thrown around it. This is an Indirect Oval. The purpose
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of making the first is to aid in getting the proper direction.
In line 2 we have a specially prepared drill for eleven of the
capital letters: K, H, K; N, M, W , U; Q, V, U, Y.
Plate 6. — Three steps are necessary to master the M. First,
sufficient drill on the special exercise in the first line of this
plate ; second, a thorough mastery of the second line ; third,
practice on the letter itself. The same instruction applies to
For Beginning Students. Students taking up practice in
business writing, must bear in mind that one of the essen-
tials in this style of writing is ease and rapidity of motion.
Constant thought should be directed toward the development
of a free and easy movement, and yet a movement that is at
all times under perfect control. This does not mean that
there should be any scribbling or scrawling. It means that
every stroke should be made with some purpose, and yet a
high degree of accuracy should not be sought. In fact, it is
very unwise to attempt extreme accuracy in rapid business
writing, for it demands too much attention to the manner of
writing, whereas, the chief thought should be given to the
substance of writing.
Attention is called to the fact that medals will be awarded
at the close of the school year for proficiency in penman-
ship. This applies directly to those who are following this
course. The winner is going to be someone who devotes all
of his spare time to well directed practice. The results will
depend upon the style of writing, and care must be taken that
whatever movement is generated, the same must be in body
writing. It is the application of movement to word, letter
and sentence forms that is the true measure of successful
FOR INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS.
Plate 1. — In making loop letters, one should always bear in
mind that the loops are of equal width and length. Notice
particularly where the strokes cross each other. Do not strive
so hard for accuracy that you fail to develop an easy move-
ment; for after all, it is far more important that one develop-
an easy movement than that he should be so extremely ac-
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Plate 2. — The h and k are so similar that drill on one helps
one to master the other. Observe that the finishing part of
the k is no wider than the same part of the h. Fill many
pages with practice work on each of the key words given.
In kirk and kick you will have an opportunity to test your
skill in making similar loop letters.
Plate 3.— The p is given in two forms, one with the loop, rapid. Develop a rapid graceful style of letter, being careful
the other without. The loop form is without doubt the more not to make the letter too large.
FOR ADVANCED STUDENTS.
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Plates 1 and 2. — From Geneva to Zeller we have an abund-
ance of work for the advanced student to master. This
series was begun in the last issue. The best plan of prac-
tice is to work on each word separately until it is well in
hand, and then proceed with another ; finally, returning to the
first for a review. As an inducement to those who are
really working as hard as they can to win a medal or cer-
tificate, the editor will present a compendium of business
writing to the ten students who not later than March 15th,
send to The Journal office the best practice work on these
words. The list should be complete, comprising those in
January number. Make one line of each word. It may be
possible that some of the specimens will be good enough to
publish. If so, we shall be glad to engrave them. For this
purpose, the work should be done in black ink.
Plate 3. — Here is a paragraph that should be written ten penmanship souvenir will be sent to the six who send in the
times each day during the month of February. A beautiful best work on this paragraph between March 1 and 15.
Product Work by J. D. Todd, Salt Lake City, Utah
Contributions are solicited for this department from all the penmen. We want the best that the profession can
supply. It is the plan to make this department one of the most interesting in the magazine.
EDITOR'S SCRAP BOOK.
IE nourished design by O. J. Penrose, Elgin, 111.,
which has reached our desk, is very skilfully and
Well written ornamental cards conveying
Christmas Greetings came from Merritt Davis,
Salem, Ore. He writes an excellent hand.
C. C. Guyett, of Buffalo. N. Y., favors us with a letter writ-
ten with white ink on blue paper. The business writing is of
a very high grade.
The ornamental specimens by Leslie E. Jones, of Elbridge,
N. V., show that he is on the right road to excellent penman-
P. O. Anderson, of Chillicothe, Mo., favors us with some of
his fancy cards, which are very nicely done.
The ornamental signatures by S. O. Smith, of Grand Rapids,
Mich., rank among the very best.
C. F. Gubitz, engrosser and teacher of penmanship, of
Hartford, Conn., sends us a very delicately written specimen
of his professional writing.
Business capitals very near the Madarasz style came to us
from Pedro Escalon, of Santa Ana, Central America.
Pen written letters have been received from J. O. Peterson,
Tacoma, Wask. ; W. E. Dennis, Breoklvn, N. Y. ; D. H. Far-
ley, Trenton, N. J.; H. N. Staley, Baltimore, Md. ; H. B.
Cole, Boston, Mass. ; E. S. Colton, Brookline, Mass. ; C. T.
Rickard, Minneapolis, Minn.; E. J. Plantier, Bellows Falls,
From the following we received well written superscrip-
tions : D. H. Farley, Trenton, N. J. ; E. J. Goddard. Spencer,
Mass. ; O. E. Draper, Pullman, Wash. ; A. Rheude, Milwaukee,
Wis.; F. W. Gage, Boston, Mass.; C. E. Baldwin, Columbia t
Mo.; A. W. Morse, Hudson, Mass.; D. L. Callison, Wichita.
Kans. ; C. F. Gubitz, Hartford, Conn.; R. A. Spellman, Taun-
ton, Mass.; W. L. Cochran. Wheeling, W. Va. ; K. C. At-
tacks, Passaic, N. J.; C. F. Nesse, Chico, Calif.; T. B. Green-
law, Flora. 111.; W. G. Crabbe, Washington, D. C. ; L. G.
Lloyd, Yonkers, N. Y. ; S. O. Smith, Grand Rapids, Mich. ; L.
M. Holmes, Pittsburg, Pa.; S. B. Johnson, Chicago, 111.; G.
F. Humphries, Colorado Sorings, Colo.: J. H. Janson, Napa,
Calif.; G. Yungkurth. Philadelphia, Pa.; C. J. Gruenbaum,
E. C. Mills, Rochester, X. Y. ; A. H. Steadman, Cincinnati,
Ohio; A. Hartkorn, Far Rockaway, X. Y. ; E. H. McGhee,
Trenton, N. J. ; W. P. Potter, Sparta, 111. ; L. Faretra, Boston,
Mass.; J. N. Fulton, Ft. Wayne, Ind. ; J. D. Todd, Salt Lake
Citv, Utah; T P. McMenamin, Philadelphia, Pa.; Merritt
Davis, Salem, Ore.; C. H. Larsh, Brooklyn, N. Y. ; C. J,
Potter, Burlington, la.; D. Elston, Edmonton, Alta., Can.; H.
W. Patten, Philadelphia; Cyrus W. Field, Derroit, Mich.; J.
H. Clark, Providence, R. I. : Minnie E. Compton, Flint, Mich. ;
W. R. Hill, North Adams, Mass. ; T. S. Lilly, Mt. Lookout, W.
Va. ; C. H. Hewitt, Philadelphia.
S. C. Bedinger, Stillwater. Okla. ; J. B. Krutza, Denver,
Colo.; C. C. Lister, New York; E. S. Colton, Brookline,
Mass.; H. B. Lehman, St. Louis, Mo.; C. A. Barnett, Oberlin,
Ohio; W. C. Browmfield, Bowling Green, Ky. ; a. M. Poole,
Easton, Pa. ; H. X. Staley, Baltimore, Md. ; J. J. Hagen,
Minneapolis, Minn.; A. C. Sloan, Toledo, Ohio; W. I. Monroe,
Waterbury, Conn. ; F. W. Tamblyn, Kansas City, Mo. ; C. W.
Jones, Brockton, Mass.; J. D. Valentine, Pittsburg, Pa.; A. B.
Wraught, Pittsfield. Mass. ; F. A. Curtis, Hartford, Conn. ; N.
S. Smith, Waco, Tex.; W. S. Morris, Lonaconing, Md. ; Sr.
Mary Germaine, Mon oe, Mich. ; J. A. Snyder, Big Raoids,
Mich.; W. A. Hoffman. Valparaiso, Ind.; L. E. Stacv, Mead-
ville. Pa. ; A. L. Peer, Tonkowa, Okla. ; W. H. Patrick, York,
Pa. ; A. E. Parsons, Keokuk, la. ; F. L. Dyke, Cleveland, Ohio ;
J. H. Bachtenkircher, Lafavette, Ind. ; J. T. Evans, Wilkes-
barre. Pa. ; P. L. Greenw-ood, Minneapolis, Minn. ; T. Court-
ney. Salt Lake City, Utah; Rev. P. H. Brooks, Wilkesbarre,
Pa. ; E. A. Dieterich. Cincinnati, Ohio ; S. S. Pike, Alburg,
Vt. ; S. D. Holt, Philadelphia : P. W. Costello, Scranton, Pa ;
W. A. Lindsay, Weaubleau, Mo. ; W. W. Bennett, Milwaukee,
Wis. ; L. C. McCann, Mahanoy Citv, Pa. ; E. A. Rishor.
J. H. Whaley, Rome, X. Y. ; M. Otero Colmenero, San
Juan, P. R. ■ J. W. C. Oilman, Boston, Mass. ; R. S. Collins,
Philadelphia ; H. W. English, Shamokin. Pa. ; O. J. Penrose.
Elgin, 111. ; C. L. Anderson, Alcester, S. D. ; Hastings Hawkes,
Lexington, Mass. ; A. S. Osborn, New York City ; F. A.
Ashley, Philadelphia; D. L. Hunt, Eau Claire, Wis.; X. C.
Brewster, Wellsboro, Pa.: J. C. Barber, Providence, R. I.;
T. P. Smith, Durham, X. C
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day, 7:30 P. M., December 23, 1910, there passed
SM"««i jam from this life all that was mortal of Louis
/fiSpvn Madarasz, known since 1876 as one of the most
II gifted penmen America has ever produced. It
is impossible in a short sketch of his life to give any ade-
quate account of the work he did for the profession, his suc-
cess as a teacher, his ability as a man, his loyalty and patriot-
ism as a citizen.
Mr. Madarasz returned to New York from Nevada in the
fall of 1908, where he had been for more than a year in the
Goldfield Mining District. He was then stricken with a fatal
malady, and the doctors gave to his family very little hope of
After spending the winter of 1908-09 in New York City,
he and his wife removed to Knoxville, Tenn., in the hope
that the mild and soothing climate of that region would be
beneficial. It seems to have been of little help, and in May,
1910, they removed to Napa, Calif., where they resided in
the country for a few months, hoping that this change would
improve his condition. He must have improved somewhat,
for in August he removed to San Francisco, and engaged
with the San Francisco Business College.
There is no question but that the end would have come
much sooner to an ordinary man, but Mr. Madarasz was en-
dowed with great physical strength. In full health and vigor,
he stood six feet in height and weighed two hundred pounds.
It was this iron constitution which enabled him to withstand
the onslaught of disease, and to give to the world during the
last two years of his life, in spite of great hardship and
physical suffering, some of the best work he had ever pro-
Louis Madarasz was born in San Antonio, Texas, January,
1859. His father and mother were Hungarians, having come
to this country with Louis Kossuth, the great Hungarian
soldier and statesman. He came from a very long-lived fam-
ily. Both of his grandfathers were living until very recent-
ly, and may be so now, one in Florida, the other in Missouri,
each more than ninety years of age.
When Mr. Madarasz was eighteen years old, 1877, he came
North and spent a few months at the Rochester Business
University. A little later he attended the Brockport, N. Y.,
Normal School, finally returning to Rochester to take up the
practice of card writing in the Arcade. After remaining there
a year, he came to New York, and in 1879 went to Man-
chester, N. H., to become associated with G. A. Gaskell. The
friendship and business connections made at this time with
Gaskell continued until the latter's death in 1886. Gaskell
removed his business to Jersey City in 1880, and Madarasz
came with him, remaining until 1881 when he went to Sterl-
ing, 111., spending the school year there in the employment of
H. A. Aument, of the Sterling Business College. It was at
this time that the writer first heard of him, for our home
was in a little town ten miles north of Sterling, and Mr.
Aument visited at the home of our parents. We very dis-
tinctly remember seeing some of the specimens of Madarasz's
card writing at that time.
In 18S2 Mr. Madarasz returned to Poughkeepsie, where he
stayed for some months, finally coming to New York in 1884.
Here he made his home, save for a few years when his fancy
or his ambition took him to remote sections of the country,
for he was always a traveler.
He was a man of many ambitions, strong ideality, and a
brilliant student. The stage appealed to the aesthetic side of
his nature, and for a short time he devoted himself to the
study of acting, appearing with two or three celebrated stage
favorites, usually playing Shakespearean parts.
On March IS, 1889, he was married to Miss Clara Kalish, of
New York. During the nearly twenty-two years of their
married life, they were ideally devoted to each other, and it
may truthfully be said that much of the success of Mr.
Madarasz was due to the encouragement of his wife.
The years 1S90 and 1896 he spent in teaching in Cedar
Rapids, la. ; Lincoln, Nebr. ; and Little Rock, Ark. He re-
turned to New York in 1896, and did no teaching until 1901,
when he became associated with the Heffley School, Brook-
lyn, subsequently teaching for the Eagan School, in Hoboken.
He left this school to engage in mining operations in Ne-
There is an old saying running like this : "He who in the
same time does more than another has vigor; he who does
more and better than another has talent; but he who does
that which no one else can do has genius." We can think of
no better definition of genius than this, and if there is such
an element in this world, surely Mr. Madarasz had it, for he
could do without effort that which very few could do with
the utmost effort. Every stroke of his pen was an artistic
one. He could go for months and even years without writing
a line, and yet taking up his oblique penholder and princi-
pality pen could dash off a signature or a letter that would
be a perfect marvel of excellence.
He was an extremely modest man. It was necessary to
know him, personally, to observe this trait. If one were to
read his advertisements, the impression would be that he was
a boastful man, but in his presence one could never get him
to speak well of his work. His advertisements came as
from the liand of an expert advertising writer. He adver-
tised to sell, not to speak well of his product. If he was an
unparalleled success as a penman, he was an equal success as
an advertiser. Had his path been directed in other pursuits,
mercantile or financial, for instance, he would have won the
same success that he achieved as a penman. His many-
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sided nature appealed to all who knew him. He was a wide-
ly read man, a most careful and discriminating student of
political affairs. He knew the biographies of the world's
great leaders. Possessed of a marvelous memory, nothing
that he ever read escaped him.
The world is far richer because of his having lived here
for fifty years. What a boon it would be to all could they
leave a record of so much good work done ! His body was
incinerated at the Odd Fellows Cemetery on Christmas day.
Only a few of his immediate friends were present. During
his last days he was fully conscious of the fact that the end
was drawing near. He went to his work on Tuesday morn-
ing, but was unable to remain, and returned home a little
after nine o'clock. Characteristic of his thoughtfulness and
planning ability, he at once began to arrange all of his af-
fairs, so that Mrs. Madarasz would be inconvenienced as
little as possible in attending to them. One who knew him
well in San Francisco writes to say that "His house was in
order." He died contented and satisfied.
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Mr. Madarasz was a man of very few chosen friends.
Capable of the highest friendship, he lavished his regards
only on the few. His admiration for other penmen was great,
and he was exceedingly complimentary to his students, the
Courtneys, L. C. Horton, E. L. Glick and others who suc-
ceeded in mastering his peculiar style of writing. Men like
Wiesehahn, Flickinger, the Spencers, Dennis and others, he
always considered his superiors. He has gone from us in
body, but every stroke that ever came from his pen has been
preserved, and as the days go by will be cherished beyond
measure. Through his magic pen, he will ever be among
In his death every penman has lost a true friend, his stu-
dents a kind-hearted and inspiring teacher, the community in
which he lived a useful and upright citizen and the world an
The deepest sympathy of the entire profession goes out to
his widow, and the hope that some comfort may be derived
from the knowledge that her husband was admired, as it is
given to few, not only for his skill, but for his many qual-
ities as an upright noble man.
Brother Gregg and his better half are turning their backs
on American interests and are sailing away to the Holy Land,
as this number of The Business Journal goes to its subscrib-
ers. We most heartily invoke the good will of Old Boreas in
their behalf. May their wanderings through the Old Jerusalem
be beautifully anticipatory of delectable sojourmngs in the
New Jerusalem. As they climb the highest of the Egyptian
pyramids may they be as well boosted in the toilsome work as
they have boosted so many in the fatiguing upclimbing of the
"road to the top" in shorthand mastery. And may they return
to shed the cheering light of their countenances on the count-
less number of aspirants for fame and "shekels" who "follow
in their train."
R. J. Maclean, the leading hustler of Spokane, Washington,
who is almost certain to "win out" in any large enterprise,
sends us a lovely picture of his "young hustlers," his little son
and daughter, who are in training to follow in his footsteps.
Lola Wilson Maclean and Allen Duard Maclean are truly
winsome, and we bespeak for them the happiest possible fu-
ture, and for their father the most of satisfaction in their
We are happy to announce the re-organization of tha
Sadler-Rowe Company, Educational publishers, of Baltimore,
Md., under the new corporation name of "The H. M. Rowe
Company." Mr. Rowe has held a controlling interest for
several years, and has now taken into partnership his two
sons, George H. and H. M. Jr., and they will each assume
a portion of the responsibilities of the management. We
spent some time with these young men and their father in
Baltimore last month, and were impressed with their business
enterprise and spirit. We cordially wish for this reconstructed
corporation the largest possible success fn their educational
L. E. Edgecomb, proprietor of the Cortland, N. Y., Business
Institute, sends us a calendar of his school, w r hich is quite
remarkable, being a reproduction by the Osborne Company,
X. Y., of the original painting by Thomas Moran, N. A., en-
titled "The Eternal Seas." This is not a painting giving the
ocean as a background on which magnificent steamships are
ploughing their way, but it is the sea without a ship, the Sea
alone, immense, mighty, as when God made it, reflecting the
image of the Eternal Power. Hung in any parlor or school
room, this picture will be full of inspiration to every one
who shall gaze upon it. Mr. Edgecomb does well by his
school in this new form of solicitation.
A tasteful New Year's calendar is on our table. Above the
monthly calendar for January, the benign countenance of
Judson P. Wilson, the popular proprietor of Wilson's Modern
Business College, Seattle, Wash., looks down upon us, and we
feel to say to the good man, "Success to you, brother, in the
The Detroit Commercial College, Detroit, Mich., under the
management of Charles F. Zulauf, sends out an "Appeal to
Young Men and Women" to cut out the word "if" from their
lives, as in "If I had a chance," "If I had an education," "If I
could live my life over again," etc. The appeal teaches young
people to grasp opportunities. It is the right start that
counts. We have helped hundreds; why not you? Avoid
From Jerome B. Howard we received an engraved, appro-
priately worded announcement by the Phonographic Institute
Company of the death of its founder and president, Benn
Pitman, at his home in Cincinnati, Wednesday, December
twenty-eighth, nineteen hundred and ten, in the eighty-ninth
year of his age.
J\\ THEBU5INE55 ^S^gflff^/m
V <»* WOO A YEAR
rHE NEWS EDITION OF THE JOURNAL costs $: a year. We hope to make it
worth at least that much to every teacher and school proprietor. It is a matter
of deepest gratification to us that hundreds of our professional brethren who
give their students benefit of the loiv clubbing rates for the regular edition think zuell
enough of The Journal to enroll their own names on the Professional List, at $i a year.
MOVEMENTS OF THE TEACHERS.
A. A. Gray, of Arthur, 111., goes to the Peru Business Col-
lege, Peru, Ind.
Delf J. Gaines, of the Bowling Green, Ky., Business Univer-
sity, has been employed by J. M. Ressler as commercial teacher
for the International Business College, Newport News, Va.
H. A. Panzram, of Waseca, is a new teacher in the Garfield
School, Owatonna, Minn.
C. B. Boland, Tampa, Fla., goes to the West to take a place
with Loren Cornett, Broken Bow, Nebr.
I. L. Smith, Sayre, Penna., has accepted a fine place with
Arthur C. Minter, manager of several of the Draughon Busi-
ness Colleges, at Atlanta, Ga.
I. D. Rowe is with McDonald Business Institute, Mil-
Mis> Clementine Hanks is the new shorthand teacher at the
Phelps Commercial School, Bozeman, Mont.
R. R. Lumsden, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin,
has taken charge of the commercial work of Mendota College,
Mendota, III., a position made vacant by the resignation of A.
S. Hutcheson, who is leaving the commercial teaching field to
prepare for the ministry.
R. L. Montgomery, of the Bowling Green, Ky., Business
University, goes to the Prestonburg Institute, Prestonburg,
Ky. His wife will be associated with him in the work.
The St. Louis, Mo., Commercial College has added W. M.
Hopkins, late of the Tulsa, Okla., Business College, to its
teaching staff. ^^^
Miss Eva M. Bullard, of the Salamanaca, X. Y., Business
College, is the new shorthand teacher in the Northern Busi-
ness ( ollege, Watertown, X V.
L. C. Laruiing, formerly of the Metropolitan Business Col-
lege, Cleveland, Ohio, is now with the Elyria, Ohio, Business
Miss K. C. Maxwell, of Auburn, Maine, is now teaching
commercial subjects in the Attleboro, Mass., High School.
Miss Mattie Haire, of the Bowling Green, Ky.. Business
University, will have charge of the commercial work in the
Fairview Graded School, Fairview, Ky.
D. G. Westman, of the San Angelo. Tex.. Business College,
is now living on a ranch at Sonora, Tex.
Fred M. Mitchell, for the past three years teacher in the
Lawrence, Mass., Commercial School, accepted a similar posi-
tion in the Heffley Institute, Brooklyn, N. Y., on January 1st.
Jas. Spradlin, Waynesburg, Ky., a student of the Bowling
Green, Ky.. Business University, is to be with the Draughon
Business College. Knoxville. Tenn.
C. W. Gay. of Live Oak, Fla.. is now with the Southern
Commercial School, Wilmington. X. C.
Miss Dorothy Mierisch, of Brooklyn, X. Y., has engaged
with the Xew York Commercial School. X'ew York City, as
teacher of shorthand and typewriting.
T. Courtney has become assistant instructor in the Academy
of Idaho at Pocatello, Idaho, a state institution, with seven-
teen instructors, the Department of Commerce being of much
A. E. Parsons, of Keokuk, Iowa, sends us interesting leaf-
lets and circulars concerning his penmanship, drawing and
E. G. Wiese is now travelling by the express train on the
Remington Typewriter Road to Ambition's Height, and will
reach that delectable place evidently very soon. Copying
new matter from 124 to 139 words per minute seems the
easiest thing imaginable to him, and copying from a French
Reader (unfamiliar to him) at 100 words a minute is a
pleasure. 217 words a minute on memorized matter was at-
tained by him in Toronto recently on the Xo. 10 Remington.
It seems easy for Wiesei
A. E. Rodman, formerly of Heald's Santa Cruz School,
Calif., is now connected with the Berkeley, Calif., Business
College, from whence he sends us a splendid club for the
Business Journal, not to strike us but to bless us.
J. A. Stryker, Kearney. Xeb., gets us stirred up to join him
on an old-fashioned winter skating match, by the card invita-
tion sent. So sorry our skating is in Xew York mud just
Prof. Yerkes, of Harvard, lias been studying the attractive-
ness of womankind as a personality in advertising. He
showed his psychology class ten "ads" of leading concerns,
nine having artists' illustrations and one featured a beautiful
Remington woman. Most of the class centered their interest
on the woman. In every great cause there is evidently a
woman. And note, Printer's Ink thought enough of this psy-
chology test to devote three pages to it.
In The Caxton for December, 1910, a magazine for Quality-
Folks, published by the Caxton Society, Pittsfield, Mass..
there appears a character sketch of our old friend Oliver C.
Dorney. "Founder and President of the Optimist and Effi-
ciency Factory," in otheifciwortfs The American Commercial
School, of Allentown, Pa^ The article abounds in vivid pen
pictures of Dorney and his" "helpmate," and of the work they
are doing in their "Quality Shop."
C. F. Sherman, of Mt. Yernon, X. Y., desires the editors of
The Business Journal to "be good" during 1911. To this end
he sends us the Quaker Motto Calendar which will be a de-
light to our eyes and a stimulus to the moral life. Thanks,
A. H. Steadman, Supervisor of Penmanship in Cincinnati.
is proud of the two "Million Dollar" High Schools provided
by that city, and gives us a view of them. We never went to
school in million dollar buildings ; he is proud to be a teacher
FIFTEENTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE NATIONAL COMMERCIAL TEACHERS' FEDERATION
HELD AT THE AUDITORIUM HOTEL, CHICAGO, ILL., DECEMBER 28, 29, 30, 1910.
T 12 :40, afternoon, December 26, 1910, a most en-
il* joyable start was made for an extended trip by
•^ Wj the Associate Editor with Mr. Healey, C. V.
5a\ Oden, H. O. Blaisdell and Miss Wilson. All
rfBLal entered the sleeper of the Empire State Express,
New York Central Station, New York, and were soon off for
the Windy City. Reading, games and conversation made the
time pass swiftly. Mr. Healey dropped off at Rochester to
preside at the Convention of the Commercial Teachers of
New York State.
Arriving at Chicago on time over the Michigan Central
R. R., our company were soon at the Auditorium Hotel,
where had already gathered a large number of the members
of the Federation of Commercial School Proprietors and In-
structors. Room 358 soon found us delightfully at home.
The Auditorium Hotel seemed to us a most natural and
familiar place, for here some years ago we had had rooms
for several weeks, with a reportorial staff of four assistants
and several typewriter operators, and had "prepared trans-
cript" of verbatim copy for the "Daily Christian Advocate,"
the official organ of the Quadrennial General Conference of
the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which we are the official
The meetings of the Federation and the subsidiary sections
were very well attended, exceedingly harmonious, full of
enthusiasm, addressed by thoroughly capable specialists, can-
vassed most momentous educational questions, and the fruit-
ful outcome will be evident in energy, zeal, devotion and
success in scores, if not hundreds, of commercial schools and
colleges over the land.
The present writer divided himself up as far as possible,
visiting several sections, though chiefly (as would be natural
to his shorthand proclivities), attending the Shorthand Sec-
tion. Kind assistants aided him in his work by helpful note-
taking and securement of several of the valuable papers read.
Chief among these were Messrs. O. H. White, St. Lou-.s, C.
A. Robertson, Worcester, Mass., and J. H. Snyder, Chicago,
to whom our hearty thanks we render.
The official shorthand reporter of the Federation was Miss
Edyth Trimble, of Chicago, a most winsome young lady,
whose shorthand received our attention immediately, for it
was the first actual use we had ever seen of the Thirty Days'
Wonder, "Boyd Syllabic Shorthand." We secured from Miss
Trimble a specimen of her shorthand with key, which we
hope soon to show our readers. We are awaiting with much
interest the transcript which Miss Trimble will give of her
work in the printed proceedings of the Federation.
Among the interesting and noteworthy features of some of
the section meetings was the presence of several Roman
Catholic nuns in their black and white garb, and Roman
Catholic teaching brothers were much in evidence.
A notable absence of shorthand publishers was apparent.
Jerome B. Howard, of the Phonographic Institute, Cincinnati,
was detained by the serious illness and the death of the
great phonographic leader, Benn Pitman. Chandler Sexton,
of the A. J. Graham Co., New York, was not present, and
W. W. Osgoodby, J. Geo. Cross, A. J. Barnes, J. W. Beers,
C. A. Pitman, and other shorthand authors and publishers
were conspicuously absent. But Xew Orleans had two
doughty authors present and actively convassing the field in
the persons of Messrs. Spencer and Chartier, while John R.
Gregg, of Chicago and New York, was, as they used to say
in my boyhood, "a whole team in himself and a horse to
boot." O. H. White was a most genial representative of the
A. J. Barnes Publishing Co., of St. Louis.
President of the Federation.
Typewriter makers, agents and expert operators were here,
there and everywhere ; the Remington, Underwood, Smith
Premier and Monarch machines having headquarters, with
machines, experts, literature, souvenir gifts, and other attrac-
tions, while every corridor, hall, parlor, stairway, etc., had
a great abundance and variety of beautifully printed, large-
size card-board signs presenting the merits, qualities, and
sales of the several machines.
Book publishers from Xew York, Rochester, Battle Creek,
Saginaw, Chicago and several other cities, too numerous to
mention, had samples, and attractive book, pamphlet and other
exhibits in spacious headquarters.
Adding machines, the Multigraph, and other duplicators
were visible to the naked eye at many points, and surrounded
by eager examiners and salesmen.
The secretaries of the Federation and of the several Sec-
tions, were early and eagerly beset by newcomers, to be en-
rolled, pay the fee, and receive the large badjfe - ^bS the
Federation and the smaller badges of the one or\m_ore Sec-
tions to which they belonged. The hundreds of badges worn
gave color and character to every meeting, and beautiful
women received added attractiveness. The Auditorium is a
delightful Convention Headquarters, and several conventions
might be held there simultaneously without serious friction.
Strong men were present — the tall, stalwart, eagle-eyed,
eloquent Col. Geo. Soule, of Xew Orleans, with the long
hair, Indian features, and apparent strength of a giant; the
portly, serious, attentive, genial, dearly beloved, "Uncle
Robert" C. Spencer, of Milwaukee; the President, Enos
Spencer, of Louisville, Ky., tall, witty, pungent, direct, mean-
ingful director of ceremonies, who kept things moving in fine
fashion ; Morton MacCormac, of Chicago, the all-round man.
who had arranged everything, knew every man, answered all
questions, met every emergency, a minister's son and a
worldly-wise fellow, good to meet; Carl C. Marshall, of Cedar
Rapids, the erudite, genial, up-to-date student and rhetorician,
as one called him, "the Dad of the Kid," whom everyone
Qltjr HuHtttpas Journal
wanted to meet, and who cheerily met everyone ; Raymond P.
Kelley, of New York, the youngest business fellow of the
crowd whose winsome face and cheery voice made everyone
feel at home, and who delighted to "feed the whole bunch,"
to take their pictures, and to lavish all kinds of tokens of
good on everybody.
And then there were E. M. Huntsinger, of Hartford, al-
ways capable and active in "hitting the nail on the head"' by
words duly and fitly spoken; P. S. Spangler, of Pittsburg,
who took your money as treasurer with good grace and a
"thank you" ; C. E. Doner and E. E. Gaylord, both of Beverly,
the one a master leader and teacher of the Penmanship
Teachers' Section, and the other wisely and prudently pre-
paring the memorabilia for the members beloved who have
gone on to the land of perpetual light ; A. N. Palmer, of New
York, whose hands fall on the slow moving fingers of ten
thousand would-be penmen and make them wisely nimble ;
C A. Faust, of Chicago, the genial teacher of the penman's
art, and cordial brother beloved ; C. P. Zaner, of Columbus.
whose charming magazine is read by tens "of thousands and
is worthy of the reading and study of tens of thousands more ;
H. M. Roue, of Baltimore, whose robust, wise thinking man-
hood is building itself not only in educational, but inspira-
tional fashion, into thousands of young lives in the Monu-
mental City and elsewhere; F. M. Van Antwerp, of the
Spencerian School, Louisville, Ky., who knows more than a
"thing or two" about shorthand, and teaches it most thorough-
ly ; A. H. Steadman, of Cincinnati, whose activity in super-
visorship of the public schools during many years, makes him
primus inter pares in his work; — how we would mention them
all, for they are worthy — J. A. Lyons, S. A, Bohlinger, A. N.
Hirons, R. E. Tulloss, C. A. Robertson (worthily elected
Vice-President for the coming year), F. E. Haymond, J.
Walter Ross. S. C. Williams (whose loving visit to his ninety-
year old mother forbade attendance at the Federation for
more than one day), E. St. Elmo Lewis (who talks horse-
sense in every utterance), M. H. Lockyear, E. F. Quintal, A.
H Wilt (our old Chautauqua friend), L. F. Post, G. H.
Walks, V. M. Rubert, Sherwin Cody, O. L. Rogers. Rev. X. J.
Corley, and many, many others whom we were privileged to
meet, but whose names escape at this writing — a splendid
band of splendid workers in a glorious field.
The addresses at the public meetings of the Federation were
all of the very highest order. Dr. F. W. Gunsaulus, the
masterful pastor of the great Auditorium Sabbath Congrega-
tion, was listened to with rapt attention as he sketched the
life work of the wonderful Field family in religion, science,
law. etc.. drawing forth very pregnant lessons for present-
day effort on the part of commercial educators. Leroy T.
Steward, the Chief of Police, of the great city of Chicago,
unfolded truths and social science doctrines needful for the
time. Harlan Eugene Read mellifluously uttered the feelings
of the Federation in a most gracious response to the cordial
greetings of the Mayor's representative. A. F. Sheldon, of
the Sheldon School of Salesmanship, in a comprehensive,
thoughtful and forceful way laid down principles by which
every teacher should be guided in the attempt to better the
educational and moral life of his students. Harry A. Wheeler,
president of the Chicago Association of Commerce, at a
somewhat late hour in the afternoon's proceedings of the
Convention, secured and held the close attention of his au-
ditors by fitting and pungent utterances of principles of
S. C. Williams, Rochester Business Institute, Rochester,
X. Y., addressed the Federation on "Business School
Stamina." In comparison with the past history of business
President for the Coming Year.
education, the twentieth century has brought in a new- order
of things, and men who stood at the wheel twenty-five years
ago are almost dazed as they look on and try to keep up with
the times. But we are now "coming to our own." And
public scrutiny is on us. Can we stand the test? This brings
me to the subject: Business School Stamina. We have tre-
mendous difficulties as proprietors and instructors to over-
come, in the matter of rates and lengthened courses. This
great Federation must help us. How do our catalogues and
advertisements impress the intelligent business man and the
educator generally? What is our attitude towards competitors?
Are we always absolutely honest, broad and square dealing?
What of genuine stamina in all our outside and inside rela-
tions as business school men? What attitude do we hold to
the high schools, to private business schools, and certainly to
fake schools? This most valuable paper we hope to publish
in full in an early issue.
We have said nothing as yet of the deservedly active and
prominent part taken by the noble women in the Federation
and the Section meetings. That most worthy daughter of an
honored sire, Mrs. Ellen Spencer Mussey, Dean of the Wash-
ington College of Law, gave an address before the Federa-
tion which, for its beauty of diction and grace of utterance,
was exceedingly captivating. Miss Emma H. Hagenstein, of
the Cedar Rapids, la.. Business College, drove strong nails into
hard timber in her thoughtful and exceedingly suggestive
paper on "Spelling — How to Secure the Best Results." Miss
Kate Browning, of Lockyear's Business College, Evansville,
Ind., made us all believe that in our daily teaching of even
dull pupils we can make their study of English, speech and
writing, a perennial delight and success. Miss Elizabeth Van
Sant. of the wonderful Van Sant School, Omaha, Nebr., as
the active head of the Executive Committee of the Shorthand
and Typewriting Section, gave constant and close attention ta
all the many interests centering therein, doing very much to
make it the splendid success which it was. Miss Kittie Dixon,
of the Gregg Shorthand School, Chicago, in a comprehensive
way outlined "Ways. Means and Methods" by which to secure
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accuracy in the pupil's work, making it the sine qua iwn of all
secretarial work. Miss Gertrude O. Hunnicutt, of Evansville,
Ind., in two addresses "said things," enforced the moral
element in the student's work and development and urged
the adoption by all teachers, as far as possible, of the "simpli-
fied spelling reform" in their own work. Other good women
whom we were not privileged to hear "obtained good report"
on the part of those with whom we conversed. The women
were certainly much in evidence and none served more
The Quartet of the Central Church Choir (Dr. Gunsaulus'
Church) rendered several songs, humorous and others, at
the public meeting of the Federation, Thursday, greatly to the
gratification of all assembled.
Through the courtesy of the Remington Typewriter Co., by
their most genial representative, Raymond P. Kelley, a sump-
tuous banquet was served to all the members of the Federa-
tion present, the menu being in every way surprisingly taste-
ful and satisfactory. Preceding the banquet, a flashlight
photograph of the banqueters was taken which, when de-
veloped, proved to be very clear and effective.
Much might be said of the all-pervasive cordiality and
geniality of the delegates from all parts of the land — the one
brotherhood and sisierhood of commercial co-workers. Not
an unkind, harsh or sour expression was heard, but "all went
merry as a marriage ball." Many of the supremest hours of
the Convention were those spent in the lobbies, parlors and
dining rooms of the Convention Hotel.
In the election of officers, thoroughly good feeling was
manifested. Mr. Purden, of Chicago, nominated Morton Mac-
Cormac for President the coming year. Carl C. Marshall
nominated H. Eugene Read. C. P. Zaner nominated the
secretary, J. C. Walker. Mr. MacCormac received 118 votes,
Mr. Read 35, Mr. Walker 29. Mr. Walker moved to make
the election of Mr. MacCormac unanimous, which was done
amidst great applause; whereupon Mr. MacCormac respond-
ed in a beautiful speech, recognizing the splendid confidence
reposed in him and trusting that, through the experience of
the past year and the friendships he had formed (especially
evidenced in the fact of his nomination and support by his
supposed school rivals in Chicago), the influences made upon
him may be reflected for good in his coming administration.
For 1st Vice-President, W. T. Parks, of Denver, and Frank
E. Lakey. were placed in nomination. Mr. Park received 28
votes, Mr. Lakey 167. The election of Mr. Lakey was made
For 2nd Vice-President, only C. A. Robertson, of Worcester,
Mass., was put in nomination, and the secretary was instructed
to cast a ballot for him, which was done.
For General Secretary. F. M. Van Antwerp, of Louisville,
Ky., and P. S. Spangler, of Pittsburg, Pa., were nominated.
Mr. Van Antwerp was elected.
J. F. Fish, of Chicago, nominated C. A. Faust, of that city,
for treasurer, and by order the General Secretary cast the
ballot for Mr. Faust's election.
The question was then taken up concerning the place of the
next meeting of the Federation. Very soon the question
broadened out, and included both the Time as well as Place
of that Convention. Morton MacCormac, on behalf of him-
self and associates, invited the Federation to return to
Chicago, as the best Convention City, next year. D. D.
Mueller, for Cincinnati, nominated that city ; J. R. Anderson
nominated St. Louis; E. E. Gaylord nominated Spokane.
Wash.; W. T. Parks nominated Denver. W. D. Bridge
seconded the nomination of Spokane. A representative of
the Chamber of Commerce of Seattle was given three minutes
in which to endorse the claims of Spokane, which he did in
a gattling-gun fire speech, and carried the house by storm.
Carl C. Marshall presented a resolution that the next meet-
ing be held in the summer of 1912. Pending its consideration.
a motion was made to substitute Denver for Spokane. A
vote on all the places put in nomination followed. The ballot
showed as follows : Denver 4, Chicago 17, St. Louis 34,
Cincinnati 40. There being no election, a second ballot re-
sulted : Denver 3, Cincinnati 42, St. Louis 52.
On motion, the matters of time and place were referred to
the Executive Committee, to consider most carefully all the
questions entering into a just and valid decision, and report
before the adjournment of the Federation if they shall come
to a unanimous conclusion.
At a later hour on Friday morning, the new chairman,
Morton MacCormac, reported for the committee that they had
come to a truly unanimous conclusion, as follows : 1. That
no meeting should be held in 1911. 2. That in the summer of
1912, the Federation with its several sections shall meet in
Spokane, Wash. Mr. MacCormac outlined the various rea-
sons governing in the decision reached, and doubted not that
the meeting of 1912 will be by far the largest and the best
held up to that date. It would be inadvisable to hold a con-
vention in December, 1911, and another in the summer of
1912 ; the attendance would be divided and the spirit would
wane. The great and growing Northwest is unanimously
inviting our meeting. That part of our national domain is
worthy of our visit. The offers by the Spokane Chamber of
Commerce, the city, the schools, the citizens, and all the rail-
roads centering in Spokane are such as to warrant the just
expectation of an unparalleled reception there. Expenses
will be cut to the minimum. A free railroad excursion will
be given from Spokane to the Pacific Ocean at Seattle. The
side trip to the geysers and the Great Park will be made by
all who may wish to take it at greatly reduced rates.
The Chicago Convention was in every respect a great
success. Few failed to meet their program engagements, and
these sent good reasons. Possibly the only drawback was the
unpleasant weather, but this perhaps tended to withhold some
delegates from sampling the many attractions of the great,
central, cosmopolitan. Windy City of the Lakes.
The Associate Editor remained in Chicago, listening to a
great sermon by Dr. F. W. Gunsaulus, on Sunday forenoon, at
the Auditorium and took the late train on Monday night for
THE BUSINESS MANAGERS' SECTION.
MOST interesting and thoughtful address at the
beginning of the session was given by G. A.
Gruman, in which he presented his views respect-
ing the standards which should be maintained in
commercial schools and colleges. He had very
wisely obtained a large number of communications from prom-
inent and active business school proprietors and instructors,
all of which emphasized the thought that in harmony with the
tendencies of the times there should be a raising of far higher
standards for business schools. Managers are apt to look too
determinedly at the income, the dollars, but if the future of
business education is to measure up to what it ought to be,
and to what the times demand, education and not the dollar
must come to the front in the educator's thoughts and plans.
Financially, the Educators reported a good year for busi-
The question of Touch Typewriting came forward for a
lengthy discussion, bearing especially upon the universal key-
board. The matter was thoroughly canvassed, showing, as
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would be natural, some divergence of view, but there was no
action taken which could be deemed binding on the edu-
M. H. Lockyear presented a paper of decided value upon
"Tuition Rates on a Business Basis." It is to be hoped that
this paper will have a marked influence upon the position to
he maintained by the Federation and by the Managers* Asso-
ciation. The paper held strong views strongly put.
B. F. Williams, of Des Moines, Iowa, presented a paper on
"Legitimate and Successful Ways of Increasing Enrollment."
He outlined his own plans which in the main commended
themselves to those present, and when read in the published
report by all the managers will form a basis of strong con-
sideration for action.
"Should the Association Employ a Paid Secretary?" was an
especially fruitful theme for discussion, as presented by A. F.
Gates. The united or cooperative buying of supplies, the
unifying of the work of the best commercial schools, the
seeking to eliminate fake schools, and other endeavors will
be a part of such a secretary's work. After a very able and
lengthy discussion by the wise heads of the Managers' Section,
it was voted to engage for one year such a paid secretary,
and a committee was appointed to secure such a man. The
committee consisted of Messrs.- A. F. Gates, B. F. Williams,
J. F. Fish, E. M. Huntsinger and O. L. Trenary. This com-
mittee took immediate consideration of the subject, and before
the adjournment reported recommending the employment of
A. F. Gates, of Waterloo, Iowa, as their Field Secretary for
the ensuing year, and presenting suggestions for the activities
to which he should devote himself. The report was sustained,
Mr. Gates was elected to the office, and it is hoped that vast
results will follow this action for the strengthening and up-
building of commercial schools.
L. L. Williams presented a paper on "The Proper Relations
of Private and Public Commercial Schools." Mr. Williams is
a friend to the public schools, and desires above everything
else that there shall be most cordial relations between the
private business colleges and public schools, and endeavored
to outline how each will be the gainer by sustained cordial
J. P. Wilson, of Seattle, gave the Section a paper on "How
To Improve Our Schools." His points, maintained with clear-
ness and earnestness, were these : Raise the standard to the
highest position ; furnish the schools with the very best equip-
ment ; make all the departments as perfectly sanitary as they
may be, and with other correlative helps, you will do much to
make your schools a success.
Arthur G. Minter, of Atlanta, Ga., read a paper on "How to
Advertise a Business College." This is a subject concerning
which every member had strong views, and Mr. Minter pre-
sented and maintained his own with much force and consis-
tency. He has had much experience in the line of general
advertising, and now, as a school manager, can furnish
pointers worthy of full consideration. Read his paper in the
Col. George Soule, of Xew Orleans, the war-horse of the
South, held his audience full attent as he spoke on "The
Good of the Association." Every address by the Colone! kept
his hearers' interest at the highest point, and this was full of
fact and strength.
The officers chosen were : President, B. F. Williams, Des
Moines; Vice-President, J. D. Brunner, Indianapolis, Ind. ;
Secretary-Treasurer, P. S. Spangler, Pittsburg, Pa.
The section meetings were full of interest and good fellow-
BUSINESS TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION.
Wednesday A. M., December 28, 1910.
T the session of the Business Teachers' Section, C.
A. Robertson, the President, presented and read
his address, in which he spoke of the honor
and privilege of being present in such an official
capacity, and thus assisting in the work of the
Section and the Association. He expressed himself as proud
of its work, its officers, its members, and of the outlook of
this Federation, the best organization in America. His partic-
ipation in this work has become most interesting 10 him, and
he hopes to serve the body in the best possible ways in years
to come. The function of education is to pass on to others the
accumulated achievements of the world, to lift the coming
generation above the present in earning and producing capa-
city and in the power of enjoyment. It is the office of peda-
gogy to promote diligence in the pupils, to induce lively
interest, to arouse the best that is in them. Stereotyped meth-
ods of instruction are worthless. Plans should develop as
needs arise. The teacher is more than the text. Become
enthusiastic. Be patient. Business men gain reputation as tneir
goods are good or bad; so we gain by the quality of our work
and its product. Our Federation should be a masculine force,
massed for aggressive service, constantly moving forward.
Albert N. Moritz, of the Waterloo Business College, Wat-
erloo, la., gave his paper on "Arithmetic : What, How Much
and How Taught." He outlined the method used in the
Waterloo College, in which beginners are supposed to be well
up in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division on en-
trance. Then fractions, decimal and common, are taught thor-
oughly ; no advancement allowed or suggested without this.
They need knowledge sufficient to work without hesitation or
error any practical proposition given them. Percentage must
be mastered, profit and loss, billing, trade discount and insur-
ance.. They are then drilled in common and banker's interest
methods, annual and compound interest, partial payments, and
all these preparatory to taking up bookkeeping. They are
taught to read the proposition presented, and to picture it as
if in their own common life. We use plain English, and much
blackboard work. We find out the dull ones, and how they
are deficient, insisting on accuracy first, last and always.
J. W. Baker, of Knoxville, Tenn., gave a very valuable
paper on "Would You Familiarize the Student with Only-
One Form of Statement ?"
E. F. Quintal, Greenbay, Wis., presented a paper on "What
Value Have Supplementary Drills in Journalizing?" Mr.
Quintal could not imagine this question or theme being sug-
gested by a genuine teacher. Frequent, practical, and ofttimes
rigorous drills, either oral or written, are customary in spell-
ing, arithmetic, penmanship, likewise in bookkeeping, as being
necessary in development and as productive of results. Such
drills help the student to master the rules for debit and credit,
and encourage and stimulate thought before action. As the
doctor in dissection, the minister in elocution, the lawyer in
mock trials, all practice for their work, with many repeti-
tions, so the neophyte must review and review, and drill and
drill to secure the desired end.
J. A. Lyons, of Chicago, 111., presented a thoughtful paper
on "When Must We Help the Student, and How Much Assist-
ance Should Be Given?" The teacher must be very discreet
in directly helping the student. He must and should help
aim, but so do as to aid him in helping himself, thus making
him self-reliant and independent as a thinker. It is ofttimes
easier for a teacher to state the information needed directly :
but that is not teaching, and certain failure awaits the "easy"
teacher. Not the presentation of rules, principles and statis-
tics is teaching, but rather the molding of young minds under
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the teacher's tuition that they may investigate independently
and gain power to do independent work. Of course, the
teacher must not dampen courage or decrease the pupil's
chances in competition with his fellows; each case must In-
considered on its own merits and needs, for what will be
helpful to one will hinder another. The teacher is a guide
counsellor and friend to steer the student aright until the end
Sherwin Cody, of Chicago, 111., offered a paper on "How
Far Should Instruction in English Go?" Business English
must depend on known Facts. Business correspondence i- not
an aggregation of commercial forms. The value of business
letter writing depends largely on the knowledge of the busi-
ness concerned. The important realities of business are ele-
mental facts which can be taught if the subject is known
Only the things we know by first-hand observation are proper
subjects for business writing. Then we must understand the
use of language relating to said ideas. Clear thinking evoke-.
I grammar; muddled thinking, poor grammar. The man
who clearly knows what he wants to say will generally be able
to say it. You cannot teach business language, business ex-
pression, without having business thinking. Therefore, we
say, Business English means business thinking first of all and
above all. Book English is rarely Business English. Book-
English does not bring orders to the office. Book English may
be poetic, light, full of fancies : Business English has vim
brevity, fori-, logic. Book English is allied with the classic-:
Business English with practical science.
Carl C. Marshall. Cedar Rapids, [owa, had a pregnant
theme for discussion in the question: "What is the Value of
Office Practice in Commercial Schools?" Accountancy and
business training are effectively taught in many of our high
commercial schools. It is a duplication of actual office and
commercial transactions. It may be accomplished by trans-
actions by the "floor students," by "floor students" and those
in the school "offices," by transactions between the students
in the "offices," and lastly by mail correspondence between
students in different schools. The latter method has fallen
into much disrepute for many reasons. Inter-student trans-
actions ofttimes fail by the departure of one party from the
school. But the student who is preparing for office work-
gains much by face to face work involved in office practice.
Teachers should visit and study the schools where this form
of office instruction has reached the highest standard.
Thursday A. M„ De
In the Business Section. H. M. Rowe, of Baltimore. Md.
clearly outlined "How He Would Teach Classification of Ac-
counts." He presented the theory of bookkeeping in the log-
ical order, by beginning with the classification of the ledger
accounts and their functions. To be able to make correct clas-
sification is an absolute pre-requisite to proper bookkeeping.
Two ledger accounts are involved each time a business trans-
action is recorded in a book of original entry. The student
must comprehend ledger functions to determine properlv
which are to be debited and which credited. A treatise on the
functions of the many books of original entry should follow
and not precede the treatise on ledger accounts.
The Penmanship Section being in charge, O. L. Rogers, of
Fort Wayne, Ind., treated his subject. "Time and Energy,"
with paragraphic fullness. It is a serious question whether
time and energy are not wasted by both pupils and instructors
in our schools. Our work should be systemized, our efforts
concentrated and intensified. He divided penmen into stand-
patters, progressives, insurgents and pit-a-patters. The first
teach the form with little freedom: the second, form, move-
ment and control, all at one time: the third, movement re-
gardless of form or neatness; the fourth who think any old
way will do. Mr. Rogers treated his theme further under the
heads: Movement, Position, Confidence, Time, Size, Down-
ward stroke, and Imitation.
A. H. Steadman, of Cincinnati, O, took the "Viewpoint of
the Supervisor" as his theme. He said: Handwriting is a
means to an end,— the transference of thought clearly, cogent-
ly by symbols, to be easily read and understood by the re-
ceiver. To the average person it is not a fine art. Hand-
writing should be sure, readable, distinct, as the columns of
the daily paper. Penmanship should become automatic. The
position of the writer largely determines good or bad pen-
manship. Penmanship is too little considered and valued by
both teachers and students, and even school superintendents :
partly because the studying, practicing and teaching of pen-
manship is an irksome task as a a rule to all participants. The
twelve pages of this article by Mr. Steadman are full of
strong facts well stated.
V. M. Rubert, Globe Business College, St. Paul. Minn., in a
truly diversified paper, considered "Scratches, Digs and Spat-
ters." Mr. Rubert gave some very searching "points" on
Why schools have teachers of penmanship, — some to get Stu-
dents by their dazzling masterpieces of pen-work; a sort of
out-in-front side-show- to the school. Others teach, teach hon-
estly, do good service, and if this be the case, salary and
service demand respect, for the penmanship teacher delivers
the goods. The penmanship teacher should work for the pro-
prietor, and the proprietor should give ample pay. The dignity
of the penmanship teacher's classes should be always main-
tained. By no means can all students become fine penmen;
some will fail miserably.
Friday A. M., December 30, 1010.
S. 11. Goodyear, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, discussed the question:
"What Knowledge of Bookkeeping Should be Guaranteed by
a Diploma:" What is meant by the terms "knowledge of
bookkeeping" and "diploma"? Do you mean crediting, debit-
ing, transferring accounts, ordinary business transactions, or
accountancy in general, the knowledge of facts and processes
relating to business and administration? Bookkeeping today
is synonymous with accountancy, as I view it. A diploma is
usually given only to such persons as complete a recognized
course of study in a given subject or group of subjects. In
my judgment, it is the duty of the commercial school to set up
a high standard of accountancy study, and diplomas should be
given only to those who have completed such accountancy
courses. Certificates as to inferior acquirements may be given,
but hold the standard high and let the diploma meet the
standard, thoroughly representing its character.
X. J. Corley, De Pere, Wis., spoke on the subject, "How-
Far Should Technical Distinctions be Made in Bookkeeping
Texts?" The terminology of bookkeeping and accountancy
is beyond the grasp of the average young man. There may be
seventeen different kinds of "accounts" to be kept, but no
young bookkeeper will ever meet with them all, probably.
Definitions are quite diverse in the several dictionaries and
text-books. But the vocabulary word's actually employed
should include all strictly fundamental terms. Technicalities
should not crowd one another. There should be no hair-split-
ting distinctions. Disputed questions should not appear in the
manual. Important distinctions should be emphasized. Above
all. be as far from technical as possible, and be practical.
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The High School Section now in charge, G. H. Walks,
Fvansville, Ind., most thoroughly discussed this double-headed
theme : "To What Extent Should Rapid Calculation Be
Taught, and What Attention Should Be Paid to Mental Arith-
metic?" Our limited space will suffice only to state some
questions masterfully discussed, such as : To what extent of
time should this subject have right? Should it be taught at
all? What arithmetical subjects should be taught in the drills?
How should it be taught? When should it be taught? Should
a text-book be used ? And in part an answer to all of these
questions will be, What is your requirement for graduation?
This exhaustive, but not exhausting, paper is worthy of the
space which we hope to give it in futuro.
The newly elected officers for the coming year are as fol-
President, Geo. H. Walks, Evansville, Ind.
Vice-President, Rev. N. J. Corley, DePere, Wis.
Secretary, Mr. Evans, Chicago, 111.
General Executive Committee : C. A. Robertson, Worces-
ter, Mass.; G. H. Walks, Evansville, Ind.
NATIONAL SHORTHAND TEACHERS' ASSOCIA-
Wednesday A. M., December 28, 1910.
HE Shorthand Section for its fifteenth annual ses-
sion was presided over by F. E. Haymond, of
Evansville, Ind., the secretary being J. Walter
Ross, of Wheeling, W. Va. Miss Elizabeth Van
Sant, of Omaha, as the leading member of the
Executive Committee, was present in very active
Mr. Haymond read his president's address containing sug-
gestions concerning the standards required of those assuming
to teach, of the quality of the school sending for the students,
and of the system of gradation and graduation.
The first paper read was by S. A. Bohlinger, of Chicago, on
the "Value of Movement Drills." He favors careful, con-
tinued, painstaking practice to secure proficiency in rapid
shorthand writing, drills on consonants, on combinations of
consonants, consonant stem plus circles, then loops and then
After much discussion as to receiving a paper when the
author is not present, a paner by W. E. McDermut, a Chicago
reporter, was read on "Drills on Repeated Matter." The
character of the matter to be so treated was discussed, the
relative proportion of fresh to old matter, the question of in-
terest and variety, the manner of dictating, the continued re-
reading of notes for many weeks, months or years. "Reading
is the Be all and End all of shorthand."
Miss Kittie Dixon, of the Gregg School, Chicago, read a
paper on "Importance of Maintaining Accuracy." She dwelt
upon the evident importance of the formation of correct
shorthand habits. Without such habits, the reading of notes
will be most difficult and oftentimes useless. The shorter the
character to be made, the more hnoortant it is that it be
formed accurately, and therefore, large attention should be
given to the matter of shorthand penmanship.
A paper on "Getting Results in Spelling" was read by Miss
Emma H. Ha?enstein, of Cedar Rapids, la. She said spelling
plavs a most important part in the student's work. So essen-
tial is it that too much time can hardly be given it. If we
fail to secure food snellers, we surely fail. To many in
school, the spelling lesson seems a minor consideration, but
every student should master the main rules of spelling : he
should somehow associate the looks of the word with the
meaning rather than with the sound. Pronunciation and
enunciation are especially helpful.
S. A. Bohlinger said he had always had much trouble with
spelling classes, and that merely correcting student's errors
profited little. He now gives a shorthand outline with the
words, collects the papers, has them exchanged in the class,
and the next morning every student writes on the paper the
misspelled words. Then the notes become a transcript of the
original spelling copy. Sometimes the boy for his errors must
rewrite the word 50 or even 130 times.
Mr. Brawley said: Sometimes a bov will miss twenty-four
out of twenty-five words. Why? I found he did not, could
not, properly pronounce them. That power is very important.
When he can pronounce distinctly and knows the meaning,
he can more readilv learn to spell.
Mr. Peck asked : How many times must a boy write a
word before it sticks to his memory? How many times
of writing are a punishment for his errors, and how many
are for instruction? It is a crime not to know how to spell.
Miss Kelly tries to have the boy use the word correctly in a
sentence and thereby get the force of its proper usage.
Another speaker dwelt on studying the endings of words, as
able, ible, ants, cuts. A typewritten list of "ables" is put in
one column, and another of "ibles ' in a second column. Deri-
vatives are also studied, as solve, solvent, insolvent, insolvency.
H. L. Andrews finds that over fifty per cent, of misspelled
words is on the final consonants, and he has prepared large
charts to cover these cases.
Other speakers suggested the time for the lesson in spelling
should be hours after the exercise is given out, the words
being placed on the blackboard and then analyzed. Students
should be taught how to study the lesson, noting the relation
of one letter to another.
The subject of "Model Office Training" was taken up, and"
many experiences of teachers given. A pupil will enter with
great zest into his work when he enters the model office. One
teacher takes the class to visit great commerical houses, by
permission to see the daily practical workings of the various
kinds of business instruments and methods.
Pupils should be drilled in proper letter-writing, including
the hyphenating of words at the end of lines — whether school-
house is one word or two, whether eyebrow is two words or
one. Other practical queries were put and answers given.
Thursday A. M., December 29, 1910.
F. M. Van Antwerp, Spencerian Commercial School, Louis-
ville, Ky., read a paper on "A Day's Work of a Dictation
Class." Every day's dictation should be planned with a definite
object in view. Our students come to receive instruction and
training in handling business correspondence. We must teach
them how to write shorthand, and also how to use it. Ability
to write it is not enough, and not the essential, but how to
apply it to the affairs of business life. Haphazard dictation
will not accomplish this. Many schools have no plan; the
teacher dictates what happens to come to hand when the hour
arrives. "We must get something to dictate," they say. Each
dictation should carry a lesson, to develop some idea of use
for the future of the stenographer's work. A full day's school
work should fit for a full day's office work. The pupil should
fit himself to do a heavy day's work. A pupil who could
write out a dozen letters well in unlimited time might utterly
fail if given a dictation of fifty letters at one sitting. In
school there must be training for very hard work to come.
To make things "easy"' for the pupil is folly ; they must be
ready for hard, very hard work when out in the world. Call
their school life "work" not "play." Real business means toil,
with sharp corners. Prepare the young fellow lor it.
If I am asked what the stenographer should know, I say
"words." He may know everything of shorthand principles,
the word-signs and all, and yet fail utterly as a stenographer.
He must know what he is writin<* what the words are, their
meaning, spelling, relations, etc. He must turn out an intelli-
gent transcript. We fail if we do not give our pupils suffi-
cient instruction and drill in the meaning and use of words.
We often neglect this. Letter dictation is far too largely
the substance and the sum of dictation. The pupils cannot get
an adequate vocabulary in this way. Letters do not and can-
not meet their needs. A wide range is demanded. Pupils
should be required to transcribe everything dictated, and
everything should, if possible, be corrected, not merely one-
tenth of the whole. The study of words and the context is
demanded — the meaning and relation of the terms used, the
construction of sentences.
Mr. Van Antwerp gave a full explanation of his personal
method. The full lesson is dictated, different members "read
back," and the meaning of terms explained. A shorthand par-
agraph is put on the board for speed practice, and consists of
matter to aid in vocabulary building. The paragraph is to be
written over and over again, and then dictated at varying
speeds, till highest speed is attained. The imporfant and tax-
ing work comes when the teacher must examine every stu-
dent's work for errors, etc. When the pupil makes 87 per
cent, of correct work for two successive weeks, he goes up to
the next class. This may not seem high. But every error is
counted, and so it is a good average. Everything not absolutely
right is wrong. There is no such thing as an 80 per cent,
letter; it is 100 or nothing. A misspelled word, an erasure, a
misstruck letter, a deviation from the right thing, means the
loss of the transcript. I dictate letters, speeches, literary
articles, and the final result is not in the shorthand, but in the
transcript they give me.
LUNCHEON NATIONAL COMMERCIAL TEACHERS' FEDERATION, CHICAG
DECEMBER 29, 1910, TENDERED BY REMINGTON TYPEWRITER COMPANY.
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After the reading and discussion of this paper, it was an-
nounced that last evening the honored and revered Benn
Pitman passed away at Cincinnati, and the hope expressed
that the Shorthand Section should take action concerning
his demise, and, on motion, the chairman was authorized to
appoint a committee to draw up a paper with resolutions of
sympathy to be sent to the family, and placed on our records.
The president appointed W. D. Bridge, Frederick J. Kose and
John R. Gregg.
A. N. Hirons, of the Gary Business College, Gary, Ind., read
his paper on "The Correction of Transcripts." In training
stenographers for service, the employer's requirements must
ever be kept in mind. All theories and practices must aim
at this — to do efficiently the work of the office. The teacher
must know those requirements and labor with that end in
Many things enter into the realization of a competent stenog-
rapher's work, among which surely are accuracy and dispatch.
He desires artistic taste in the mechanical part of the work,
no misspelled words, a proper punctuation and paragraphing.
He even desires slips of the tongue corrected. The following,
then, are our desiderata fur a good transcrir-: Mechanical ar-
rangement, paragraphing punctuation, correct English, proper
spelling, considerable speed and uniform accuracy.
My advanced class is in two sections — advanced dictation
and the office force. Eighty to eighty-five words a minute
are required, and transcription speed of forty. I have no
speed test. I judge from my dictation whether the student
can go into the office. Forenoon session is forty-five minutes.
.The transcript and the shorthand notes are handed to me. Not
all is looked over, but one letter is taken up for discussion, be-
ing found wise to concentrate on one single representative
letter or dictation. There is no time to cover all. The stu-
dent has no knowledge as to which letter will be considered
and discussed and corrected. The student makes two tran-
scripts, first from their notes and then a second, the result of
their own correction.
First, we consider the English mistakes, the grammar, the
rhetoric, the construction of the sentences, correct usage;
choice of words, etc. Misspelled words next are noted and
incorrect divisions at the end of a line. The student ts cmicd
to note his punctuation, what rules violated. Typewriting
errors are then investigated — spacing, erasures, etc. Para-
graphing comes last. He must learn from his notes how fully
the page will be filled, what margin to give, and so gain a
proper balance and proportion to the page. After all this care-
ful inspection and criticism, the letter is fullv rewritten, band-
ed to the teacher, and later returned to the pupil and filed.
The letter is counted as to words and the time taken for
transcription recorded. A daily record of such speed is kept,
and so the speed progress is noted. The office force carry on
the school correspondence, and architects and attorneys bring
their work to us, and it is valuable for our purposes.
Miss Kate Browning, of Lockyear's Business College, Evans-
ville, Ind., presented a paper on "English that Students Like."
She said : Some students are born with good English, others
acquire it, and still others have it thrust upon them. The
teacher does the thrusting.
Two decades ago this would have been heresy, but in the
schools of today there is no heresy in the matter.
English that students like is that which appeals strongly to
the intelligence, feelings, and impulses of youth. It repre-
sents life rather than critical thought. The experiences of
common life form the subject basis of the student's conversa-
tion. They prefer the general view rather than the critical
attitude because it appeals to their intelligence and stirs their
enthusiasm. The study of literature is far more interesting
to students than English alone because the imagination and
memory have more scope.
Of course, most people and teachers especiallv feel it neces-
sary to defend our language against slang by saying that
there are enough words in the English language to express the
thoughts without the use of slang, but I believe we will all
admit that some slang is so expressive that it does us good
to utter it, and grown up people as well as children are bored
by the man or woman who chooses every word spoken as if it
must be absolutely correct or not used at all.
This subject was chosen I suppose from the standpoint that
people are enthusiastic about the things that interest them. If
we can find what pupils like best in English, some of the
difficulties may lie r>ut aside.
Students have been thrown down by the nightmare of in-
finite phrases and other technical points on which no two
grammarians aeree. Do not understand me to be opposed to
a technical knowledge of our mother tongue. In my experi-
ence as a teacher of English for business purposes I have
found pupils delighted to take hold of practical lessons
in telegraph messages, orders for bills of goods, tracing
letters for lost freight, etc., because these seem to them to be a
part of real life and they are anxious to have these worded
carefully, punctuated properly and in good form, and in this
way students become their own critics. We teach more
capitalization, punctuation and sentence structure in this way
than by a whole term of etymology and syntax.
Awkward boys of eighteen become enthusiastic in a dis-
cussion as to the use of relative pronouns "goods who" and
To me the English that pupils like is the English in which
they think, and when we can combine the theory of grammar
with daily practice in use we have arrived somewhere. Let
the boy work out a future tense of his own, bury the dead
past and live the active present and he will be somebody who
will stand for something. A dead fish cannot swim against
At the close of Miss Browning's paper, certain comments
were made. "We will all have to admit that some slang is so
expressive that we must use it." Another, "That was one of
the best and truest papers on English I ever heard." "The
pupils should know how to discriminate between 'sit' and
'set'; know the difference between an adjective and an adverb,
and give him special work so that he may know." "We talk
about 'slang,' its use. A high school principal wrote me ask-
ing about introducing 'colloquial' language. I have not heard
the question of 'slang' discussed much by teachers. Do busi-
ness men use so-called 'pure' English of the books or 'col-
loquial' English ?"
Air. Tulloss brought up the question of revision of the key-
board, as to "a" and "j". Urged the members to try the change.
H. L. Andrews said this matter had already been threshed
out. On motion this one change was voted to be embodied in
the report of the committee. Committee was continued.
Friday A. M., December 30, 1910.
The Shorthand Teachers' Program for Friday was exceed-
ingly interesting, the first paper being that of D. L. Hodson,
on "The Importance of a Right Beginning in Typewriting."
He said: The importance cannot be over-estimated, and this
is true of any mental-muscular combination. The old method
of learning was what might be called "the fore-finger method."
Xo person ever broke that habit while holding a position in-
volving 75 or 100 letters per day. With correct habits formed
at the start, typewriting could be mastered in from one-third
to one-half the time where the wrong fore-tinger habit is
dominant. I use the word "habit" meaning a sub-conscious
mastery of a law. How does the piano player play a com-
plicated piece of music? There seems to be no conscious
control of the fingers at all; the fingers have learned to obey
the mind with no conscious action of the will. You call it
mechanical. The player wishes to have certain chords ; the
fingers produce them on the kevs in unconscious response to
mind impulse. That is the result of perfect sub-conscious
mental-muscular action. In like manner the typist wishes to
write a word, and lo, the fingers provide it. Learning must
be conscious at first, of course. Poor typewriting is the result
of wrong mental-muscular habits ; it is almost impossible
sometimes to secure a correct habit of fingering, — to train the
fingers to do what we want to have done. It seems criminal
to allow the pupil to practice at will, without giving the right
instruction as to the habit to be formed, and a determined
insistence on conformity to such instruction. But bad habits
can be broken as well as formed, and we must insist on the
breaking of such bad habits. We must also correct the wrong
position at the machine, the twisting of the spine and the
stooping of the shoulders. A proper copy-holder should be
used, and the eyes kept off the key-board constantly.
At this point the question of "perfect accuracy" was brought
out. Should it be insisted on at the start? Some thought tb"
matter of absolute accuracy had been over-estimated ; others
insist that no second lesson shall be taken until absolute pre-
cision and Perfection are attained on the first. Do you re-
quire perfect lessons in spelling, in English, in anything?
Then the question was asked, what proficiency do you re-
quire in transcribing? The answer was made: Thirty words,
a minute in the third month.
C. V. Oden expressed ^reat gratification with the way the
question had turned, as accuracy is the essential in all our
typewriting work. Nothing stands out more clearly than this.
It degrades a business man to send out letters having notable
errors. And unless you put your foot down at the very
beginning and cultivate no bad habits, you are in the wrong
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way. And let me say this : Do not fix the student's mind on
the "error" made, but on the "right way" to do the thing.
Teach how to make the thing right. Do not get it into your
thought that you can give the second, third and fourth lessons,
and then catch them at the eighth. Build the foundation
aright at the very beginning. Here Mr. Oden gave an inter-
esting account of H. O. Blaisdell, the expert typewriter
operator, as to his "beginnings" of practice, — his nervousness,
bad posture, many errors : he had to tone him down and build
on the basis of accuracy. Teachers are to blame when they
allow students to start wrongly and satisfy themselves with
an incorrect transcription. The first lesson is absolutely the
most important one. If you start erroneously, don't expect
to win out. Speed operators have to pay the price.
Mrs. R. P. Kelley said : "The ideal is to get pupils to the
point where they never strike a key incorrectly. But they do
become discouraged. Somehow get an interest. Monotony
makes great loss of time. When I was teaching, I required
perfect copies; but I was not always wise in this. We must
make some consideration for dull and tired pupils."
R. P. Kelley said : "There is this difference between short-
hand and typewriting that in the former you may make a
wrong stroke and it won't be especially noticeable, but in
typewriting you cannot do that. To develop speed, begin the
first day. Develop evenness of touch. Even with a moderate
degree of soeed, and with even and constantly moving fingers,
you will turn out a large result in a day. Get your pupils to
try hard, but don't scare them. Teach them self-control."
Miss Gertrude O. Hunnicutt, of Lockyear's Business Col-
lege, Evansville, Ind., presented and read a thoroughly profit-
able, thoughtful paper on "Method of Arousing and Main-
taining Enthusiasm." Look at the origin and meaning of the
word, the Greek En and Theos (in God), and means in the
usage of our time, passion, eagerness in pursuit of an object,
and if that be teaching a pupil, draw near to him or her, — to
John, Thomas, Mary or Minnie — get into their environment.
Seek to determine the qualities which advance or retard the
pupil. Love the school room. Seek to overcome their dis-
couragements. It is said that "Genius is the capacity for
work." Develop that in your pupils. You must develop en-
thusiasm in laying foundations. Aim to have perfect work.
Relate the achievements of others. Do not decide on hard
and fast rules, for the mental condition of your pupils varies
from day to day, and no two pupils can be treated exactly
alike. We hear this word on all sides, "I can't." That word
hardens into a stone wall before him. Seek to tear it down
It may be a case of stage fright in the words "I can't." Have
them change to the expression, "I don't understand it." Don't
allow study on too many subjects at one time; build the struc-
ture brick by brick. Keep vour class active during the entire
recitation. If the teacher becomes the slave or teaching, vital
interest in soul work will die out. the study of the pupil's in-
dividuality is lost. Mastery of principles gives success to the,
pupil ; to this end, have him write the lesson correctly once,
and then repeat it in writing ten times. Write from dictation
from the very beginning. Avoid ruts. Teach the pupils to
know word-outlines as the principles are mastered. Zest will
come in this way.
W. E. McDermutt said : "Raise your standard of teaching.
When it is advertised that a musician is or has been the pupil
of a certain well-known musician, it is almost a guaranty of
skill and of ability. So it may be with you. Vour pupils get
on with familiar words, but there is a woeful mental jolt
when they touch new and unexpected matter. Train them to
rapid formation of strange outlines : that is worth very great
labor. Try it often."
The published Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Conven-
tion of the National Shorthand Reporters' Association lie
before us, — a volume containing 230 pages of verbatim report
of the several sessions of the Convention, Reports of the
Historian, and other officers, etc., as given at the Convention
held in Denver, Col., August 22-25, 1!)10. A number of por-
traits and other excellent illustrations accompany the printed
matter. The reporting was evidently well Cone, and the
matters under discussion and adoption were of remarkable
interest to all reporters. The action taken by the Convention
respecting the extremely valuable library of the lamented C. C.
Beale should be read most carefully by every reporter in the
land. That the Association has been able to purchase this
library and keep it largely intact is a matter of great gratifi-
cation to all wdio know its almost priceless value.
NEW YORK COMMERCIAL TEACHERS' ASSOCIA-
Annual Meeting held at Rochester. X. Y.
December 27, 28, 1910. ,
The Xew York Commercial Teachers' Association held its
annual meeting in East High School in Rochester the last
week in December.
The following program, which proved both interesting and
profitable, was carried out. A number of the papers read
will be published in later issues :
Round Table. The following topics will be the basis of
What is Expected of the Commercial High School?
(a; By the community
(b) By the executive and supervising staff.
(c) By the employer.
What proportion of the time should be devoted to strictly
commercial branches during the four years' course?
Should instruction in the commercial branches be extended
over the entire course, or should it be condensed into the work
of one year?
Should the commercial high school attempt to do the work
of the highly specialized private business training school ?
Discussion opened by J. F. Forbes, Vice-Principal, Roches-
ter Business Institute.
Summer apprenticeship work for commercial students,
James E. Downey, Head Master, High School of Commerce,
Suggestions regarding the teaching of shorthand. Miss S.
M. Henley, Central City Business School, Syracuse, X. V.
Our Aims in Business Practice Work. W. B. Carhart, Pub-
lic Schools, Ithaca, N. Y.
Commercial Arithmetic. James E. Downey, Head Master,
High School of Commerce, Boston.
The Commercial High School Curriculum. R. G Laird,
High School of Commerce, Boston, Mass.
The Follow-Up Plan of Teaching Penmanship. M. F. Bel-
lows, Commercial School, Syracuse, X". Y.
Xew York State Educational Department Examinations. 1 .
G. X'ichols, State Education Department, Albany, X*. Y.
The Successful Teaching of Typewriting by C E. Smith,
X'ew York City.
NEXT MEETING OF E. C. T. A.
The meeting of the Eastern Commerical Teachers' Associa-
tion will be held this year on April 13, 14 and 15. The Ex-
ecutive Committee has found it necessary to announce a change
in the place of meeting from X'ew Haven to Bridgeport. The
Committee found, very much to its regret, that there were
insufficient satisfactory hotel accommodations at New Haven
for the members who would attend the Convention.
The Hotel Stratfield, at Bridgeport, has been selected as the
headquarters. The rates are $1.50 for each person, two in a
room, with private bath, or $1.00 each in rooms without bath.
Considerable progress has been made on the program, and it
is hoped that it will be possible to publish it in the next issiK-
of the magazines.
Two innovations have been adopted; (1) Discussions shall
be held, not after each paper, but at the close of each meeting,
when time will be reserved for discussion upon the paper or
papers which the Association desires at that time to consider.
( 2 ) An abstract of all papers presented will be printed in the
program, and it is believed this abstract will be of much help
to the members, and will tend also to encourage discussion.
It is hoped that commercial teachers will make a note of the
dates for the Convention, April 13, 14 and 15, and will reserve
their accommodations at the hotel in advance.
Edward H. Eldridge,
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NATIONAL PENMANSHIP TEACHERS' ASSOCIA-
Reported by J. H. Bachtenkircher, Lafayette, Ind.
Wednesday A. ML, December 28, l'JlO.
HE Penmanship clan was gathering from near and
far, forming new acquaintancees or confirming old
ones, and the morning session of the Penman-
ship Teachers' Section was ready for good solid
work. The president, C. E. Doner, presented his
address which was received with great heartiness by all pres-
ent. It was a carefully prepared address, full of helpful sug-
An excellent paper by G. C. Kreighbaum, Ypsilanti, Mich.,
on "Problems of Penmanship in a Business College," was fol-
lowed by another on "The Teacher's Preparation for the Les-
son," by Miss Julia Bender, of Greensburg, Ind., which was
declared to be both entertaining and instructs e.
Through the suggestion of A. X. Palmer, on motion, it was
voted to discuss the papers already read instead of postponing
discussion until the entire list had been presented. The fol-
lowing participated in the immediate discussion : Messrs. A.
N. Palmer, C. P. Zaner, Geo. A. Race, A. H. Steadman, and
Owing to the absence of Messrs. J. A. Snyder and F. F.
Musrush, this closed the program of the morning session,
and the remaining time was taken up by what was fittingly
denominated "Five Minute Sermons." A. X. Palmer made an
earnest plea for putting shorthand students into the penman-
ship classes. C. P. Zaner contended that "skill up the sleeve"
for penmanship is a help for good rapid shorthand. Messrs.
Palmer, Race and Bachtenkircher debated to a considerable
extent the plan of the teacher's practice work, agreeing in
this that a teacher, to be succesful in penmanship, must know-
how to write.
"The Teacher's Blackboard Work" was next taken up by
A. H. Steadman, who stated that neatness, general appearance
and correct forms are necessary at all times.
The question was asked, "How do you supervise." C. P.
Zaner said the teacher helps pupils at one lesson while the
supervisor gives the lesson, and at the next session the teacher
teaches while the supervisor helps the pupils. Geo. A. Race
said, Drop the regular program and visit the rooms promis-
cuously. C. E. Doner asked the question, "When do you be-
gin the use of ink?" Thereupon a general discussion showed
that the third year was the time generally chosen. At this
point, C. C. Curtiss, the veteran penman, asked this question,
"How can I get my pupils to make their ovals slanting in-
stead of vertical?" An interesting discussion brought out the
facts as viewed by Messrs. Zaner, Race, Miller, Parsons and
Miss Breckenridge, which were most amusing as well as in-
On the subject of "Correlating Writing," Messrs. Doner,
Ammerman, Race and Bachtenkircher participated. Follow-
ing this Mr. Curtiss precipitated a rapid-fire debate on the
question, "How to get writing from the first three years in
school?" Mr. Ammerman illustrated the subject on the black-
board. Mr. Madray would get mental pictures first, — making
letters in the air and then at the board. These various "ser-
mons" occupied the time of the session until the hour of ad-
journment, a period of life and inspiration.
Thursday A. M.. December 29, 1010.
This morning's session brought sadness to the minds of the
many penmen present who had been more or less intimate
with the matchless artist-penman, L. Madarasz, as a telegram
had been received during the night announcing his death in
San Francisco. On motion of C. P. Zaner a letter of con-
dolence was ordered to be sent to Mrs. Madarasz, and a com-
mittee was instructed to prepare suitable resolutions concern-
ing his demise, the committee being constituted as follows :
C. P. Zaner, E. M. Huntsinger and W. C. Henning.
According to plans previously made, the forenoon session
became a joint meeting of the Penmanship Teachers' Section
and the Business Teachers' Section. This arrangement proved
to be a most happy provision on the part of the manage-
ment, and so fruitful of mutual interests and good results
that it will, doubtless, be followed at the next Convention.
The papers presented in this joint meeting are characterized
in our report of the Business Teachers' Program.
Prior to the close of the morning session, the following of-
ficers were chosen:
President, J. H. Bachtenkircher, Lafayette, Ind.
Vice-President, O. L. Rogers, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Secretary, E. G. Miller, Omaha, Xebr.
Executive Committee : A. H. Steadman, Chairman ; V. E.
Madray, Benton Harbor, Mich.; Miss Ziegelbaur, Xew Al-
Friday A. M., December 30, 1910.
A. X. Palmer, of Xew York, took for the subject of his
talk, "Penmanship." He has learned much from his obser-
vations of teachers' methods in handling their students. Un-
less they have thoroughly mastered their art, they are utterly
incompetent to teach. He is engaged in doctoring teachers,
and getting them to understand the best ways to teach, and
requires from them the work of their own hand. He would
have the teacher know how to teach movement drills and
change to movement writing. Position is the first and most
important thing to teach. Teach muscular movement from
the start. Do not teach the whole arm movement. A six-
teen ) rar old lad, who knows how to teach properly, would
do more good than a university taught man who is incom-
petent. Position at desk and its height regulate the slant
He would not be guilty of teaching a pupil to keep his wrist
This topic was considered by Messrs. Parsons, Steadman,
Zaner and Faust. Mr. Race, of Bay City, Mich., asked Mr.
Palmer to demonstrate the count on k. A spirited, sound and
sensible discussion ensued.
V. E. Madray. of Benton Harbor, Mich., spoke on "Health
and Penmanship." To be a sick man or dissipated incapa-
ciates one from being a good teacher of this art. One hun-
dred eleven teachers died in Indiana since 1908, twenty-eight,
"i' 25%, of tuberculosis. Aged teachers should be pensioned.
Teachers should take much sleep, and not over-eat. Tobacco
is their bane. Walking as an exercise is of much value.
Teachers also should be full of energy, enthusiasm and in-
spirers of their pupils. How one should teach is a large part
of the teachers' problem. Put love into the work you do, —
or, put yourself into it and you will win out.
"Public School Writing Xeeds" was next taken up by Geo.
A. Race, of Bay City. Mich. He gave a very live and help-
C. A. Faust, of Chicago, 111., spoke for five minutes on the
desirability of using special ruled paper.
The resolutions on the death of L. Madarasz, which had
been prepared by the committee, were read, and on motion
adopted, and the letter of condolence was also read and or-
dered sent to the widow by night letter. On motion, it was
voted to engage the services of W. E. Dennis to engross the
resolutions which were to be sent to Mrs. Madarasz.
In accordance with the program, penmanship demonstra-
tions were given by the following: Messrs. Faust, Zaner,
Henning, Stacy, Doner, Rogers, Race and Madray, which
proved a most entertaining as well as instructive feature of
By expiration of time, the session came to its close and
adjournment was taken.
3Il|e iBuHtttrsa Journal
GREAT man and good has fallen in the Phono-
graphic Israel. The loving and beloved Benn
Pitman has been gathered to his fathers. We
shall see his face no more until we, like him,
f m-i* «i stand in the Sanctuary of the Highest.
5»^?lrSl Benjamin Pitman (known during almost all
his life by his own preference as Benn Pitman), was born in
Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, July 24, 1822. and died at
his home, 1852 Columbia Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, December
His father was Samuel and his mother Manah Pitman.
He came of a long-lived ancestry, his father reaching 76
years of age and his mother dying in 1857 in advanced years.
There were eleven children in the family, seven sons and four
daughters, as follows: Melissa (Mrs. Pryor, later Mrs.
Janes), born 1809, died 1864; Jacob, an architect, residing
most of his life in Sydney, New South Wales, who was born
in Trowbridge. Nov. 28, 1810, died in Sydney, March 12, 1890,
at 80 years of age ; Sir Isaac Pitman, born Jan. 4, 1813, at
Trowbridge, and died at Bath, Jan. 22, 1897 ; Abraham, born
1814, died 1829; Rosella, born 1816, died 1898; Joseph, born
1818, died April 2, 1895, aged 77; Jane (Mrs. Hunt), born
1820, died 1896; Benjamin (Benn), born at Trowbridge, July
24, 1822, died at Cincinnati, Ohio, December 28, 1910; Mary
(now Mrs. Mary Webster), born 1824, who is the only sur-
viving member of the original Pitman family, and residing
at Lynn Regis, Browning Road, Worthing, England; Henry,
born at Trowbridge, September 19, 1826, died October 25,
1909, aged 83 ; Frederick, born May 9, 1828, died November
20, 1886, aged 58.
Benn Pitman was married twice. His first wife married in
1849, was Miss Jane Bragge. of Birmingham, who was born at
Birmingham, in 1823, and in early life, with her sisters, be-
came a shorthand pupil of the young and ardent Mr. Pitman.
This first wife became the mother of three children, Agnes,
Arnold (named for Arnold of Rugby), and Ellis (named for
Alexander John Ellis), the well-known phonologist and co-
worker in phonetics with Sir Isaac and Benn Pitman. Arnold
and Ellis died in their infancy. Miss Agnes survives her
father, and was the living connection between Mr. Pitman's
English and his American life and labors. Mrs. Benn Pitman,
the first wife, died in 1878, and was the first woman in
America to he cremated.
The second wife, married in 1882, of Benn Pitman was
Miss Adelaide Nourse. the daughter of Caleb B. Nourse, and
died in 1893. To her was given a precocious son, Emerson,
who died at sixteen years of age, — the idol and hope of the
father's heart. A daughter, Miss Melrose, is a charming
young lady, a student of the second year in YVellesley College,
the great comfort and helper with her sister Agnes of her
father in these years of his vigor, maturity and mental
Benn Pitman, at the age of fourteen, became his brother
Isaac's student in shorthand, in 1834-1S37 ; taught the same
to classes of boys when but fifteen years old in his brother's
academy from lesson cards of his own preparation ; aided
his brother in reading proof sheets and correction of en-
graved plates when sixteen, and was a full-fledged traveling
lecturer on Phonography before he was twenty, which field
he continued to cultivate until his removal to America ten
years later, at which time he was the sole remaining lecturer
of ten or more who had persistently, enthusiastically, intel-
ligently canvassed the United Kingdom in the promotion of
the twin causes of phonetics and phonography.
In the latter part of 1852, Isaac Pitman realized the great
importance of a phonographic propaganda in America, and
commissioned his brother, Benn, to take up the work in the
Mr. Pitman was even then travelling up and down his
native soil, accompanied by his frail wife and his baby Agnes,
stopping a few hours in a community in the prosecution of
his zealous dissemination of the new stenographic art and then
passing to new fields and to labors more abundant. He was
literally the heroic evangelist of a new science and art, in
which he was destined to stand in the high rank witii Gabels-
berger, Taylor and his brother Isaac.
Benn Pitman left England for America on Wednesday,
January 6th, 1853, but because of a collision with a steamer
early in the day, they returned to the dock for repairs, he and
his wife, daughter and son remaining on board till Jan. 10,
when the vessel made the second attempt, crossing the At-
lantic in twenty-two days, of which only four were at all
pleasant. Mr. Pitman was the sole companion and nurse of
his wife and babes, cooking their particularly needed food at
the cooks' galley, and caring diligently for their wants, being
utterly unable by reason of his anxieties and cares to look
into, much less read, a single book during the voyage.
Landing at Philadelphia, he was so grateful that the family
had reached the new country in safety that, as he himself
records it, he knelt down in the exuberance of his joy and
kissed the soil of the new land.
Philadelphians especially will be pleased to know that his
first domicile in America was at 12 Prune St., between Spruce
and Walnut, 4th and 5th, from which place he wrote a letter
to his brother, who lithographed it that copies might be sent
to the Pitman family and other loved friends. This letter
we have read, and as it contains Mr. Pitman's very first im-
pression of our country and its people, we here quote, in part :
"6th Feb. To the absent and loved ones, greeting." "We
can only realize to ourselves that we are so far removed
from the favored land by bringing a map of the world before
the mind's eye, and imagining ourselves located some hun-
dred miles up the magnificent Delaware. We feel that we
can be in no English city, for the air is too pure, the sky too
brilliantly clear, the streets too long and straight, trie trees
that line the streets too large, the open squares too frequent,
many of the stores and buildings too magnificent, the major-
ity of the male countenances of too intellectual a cast to
permit us to think that we are in the old country, the news-
papers are too numerous and cheap and too wretchedly
printed, in the majority of cases, to be English. The preval-
ence of beard with the men, and the different and generally
tasteful style in which the women arrange their hair, are
other reasons why we think we are elsewhere than in an
This pen painting of Benn Pitman is surely as rich, racy
and truthful as are the American Sketches of Charles
Mr. Pitman immediately opened his propagandist work, and
there are living and known to us now pupils whom he taught
in those early davs, both before and after his reaching
America. A picture taken of him in Philadelphia shows the
clear-visioned, aegressive, self-reliant man with principles to
pronounce in the face of (to him) an expectant world.
Not long after his arrival, he was invited to go as far
west as Dayton, Ohio, to declare the doctrines of a new
spelling and especially the new stenographic art. This trip
caused him to fall in love with what was then a somewhat
western section of the land, and he pre-acted on Horace
Greeley's famous suggestion, "Go West, young man," and ac-
cordingly went to Cincinnati, from which his heart was never
It was in Cincinnati Mr. Pitman found his fulcrum from
which to move the phonographic world, and here he founded
the Phonographic Institute, and commenced his many-sided
activities. For several years, and until the changes made by
Isaac Pitman in his system (notably the inversion of the
vowel scale), Benn Pitman was, so to speak, the right hand
of his brother at work in the United States ; but then the
new and larger activities originated and controlled by him
began. In rapid succession books, leaflets, fliers, magazines
came from his teeming brain and his marvellously facile
hand. Text-books in the simple and more complex phases of
stenography poured forth. From 1857 we may date Benn
Pitman's American Declaration of Independence, and the
development of the art along lines of activity and propulsion
unknown in England. The Manual came forth in 1854, the
Reporter's Companion in the same year. The Phonographic
Teacher in 1857, the History of Shorthand in 1858. And so,
with his books and magazines, he sought with great earnest-
ness and success to flood the land with the light of a real
Not only was Mr. Pitman a teacher and publisher, but he
became the foremost reporter of his time. Verbatim short-
hand reporters were truly ran az-es at that time. He was
immediately pressed into service in all kinds of reportorial
work. The Civil War demanded just such activities as he
was abundantly capable of rendering. Treason was in the
air, and he was called to the front in more senses than one.
The first court martial ever reported in shorthand was taken
by Benn Pitman, the court martial of Gen. Buell, in Kentucky.
Olljr Husittrsa Journal
Benn Pitman became the official stenographer of Congres-
sional Investigating Committees. He reported the Riot In-
vestigations of Memphis and New Orleans, the Knklux Klan
cases" the Knights of the Golden Circle, and the trial of the
conspirators in the Assassination of President Lincoln. The
full report, with Questions and Answers, has never been
printed, we believe, but the volume published in 1865 by
Moore, Willstach & Baldwin was compiled and arranged by
Benn Pitman, Recorder to the Commission, and is a volume
of -J21 pages, in narrative form, but includes the testimony,
documents introduced in evidence, discussions of points of
law raised during the proceedings, the addresses of the coun-
sel, the replies of the Special Judge Advocate, the findings
and sentence. We may say here that we have it on good
authority that Mr. Pitman to his dying day never convinced
himself of the willful and intentional criminality of Mrs.
Surratt in this horrible assassination of President Lincoln.
Mr. Pitman's phonography was in almost all cases a marvel
of legibility, and in a great number of cases when reporting
Government investigations, courts martial, etc., his shorthand
notes were forwarded at once to Mrs. Pitman, and were by
her transcribed and sent to the Government Printer.
But Mr. Pitman, who had in early manhood sought to
become articled to an architect and designer, in his maturing
years found that that old artistic temperament and blood
"rankled in his veins, as was in some degree made evident in
the unexampled beauty of his text-books and magazines. Mr.
Pitman was a born artist. He looked at practical things from
the artist's standpoint ; he desired practical statements to be
put in artistic form; he had the eye and soul of the aesthetic
and spoke in the note of pure art.
Mr. Pitman was the founder of a new school of art in
Cincinnati, designed primarily to culture young men and
women in artistic principles and handcraft. At the Philadel-
phia Centennial he exhibited the work of one hundred of his
pupils, much to the amazement of those to whom he was un-
known. Decorative art was with him far to the front in his
theories of life. The true, the beautiful, the good, these were
his watchwords, and his living positions vitalized. He became
the founder of the department of woodcarving and decorative
art in the McMicken School of Art in Cincinnati,- and was
chief director of the same for nearly twenty years.
Visitors who have been permitted to see Mr. Pitman at
home have marvelled at the multiplicity, the richness, the
rarity, the excellence of the art-craft manifested in every
portion of his home,— the house, the grounds, the furniture,
the decorations, — every feature which could bear an impress
of beauty was wrought out in manifold and marvellous ar-
tistic designs. The furniture, the mantels, the doors, the
chairs,— all bore the stamp of Mr. Pitman's innate suscept-
ibility to the captivating, the inspiring, the ennobling.
The house was never "laid out" as by architect's plans. It
was built of stone quarried near by. cut under his own direc-
tion, laid under his supervision, till it grew into "a thing of
beauty" by this inspiration of the "Aladdin of the Lamp."
The workmen wrought as he bid them, not as they studied
lines and measurements of an architect's "blue prints."
One more feature of Benn Pitman's life work and life
scheme must be mentioned, — his indomitable purpose to do all
in his power to simplify the spelling of our mother tongue.
It was an unutterable horror to him to think of the torture
innocent childhood and vouth must endure in seeking (though
impossibly) to master our ordinary, inconsequential, incon-
gruous verbal expression of thought. He was far and away
ahead of his brother in the practical alphabet which he had
designed, and had he not been handicapped by other weighty
burdens of occupation, we do not doubt that he would have
with equal energy and a similar degree of success secured a
wide hearing and a successful propagandism for his spelling
principles and theories. The book which he did publish was
a gym and every way a proof of the high aspirations and
expectancies of this fighter for the truth in spelling.
Benn Pitman owed much to his father, — steadfast persis-
tency, simplicity of life, untrammelled allegiance to truth. To
his "mother he owed much for his sweet and placid spirit,
rarely ruffled by externalities, a somewhat of internal calm
which led him to so live that intimate friends never knew
him to shed a tear save when there came to him news of the
death of Sir Isaac, his brother. Then the heart showed its
wonderfully deep-seated love, which perhaps had never been
so manifested in public before.
It may be allowable in closing to quote a few words from
Mr. Pitman's own utterances in which lie compared his life
work with his brother's. He said, "If from my life were
extracted the experience and satisfactions I have enjoyed
from varied labor, and which were wholly unknown to mv
brother Isaac, I should seem not to have commenced to live.
And when I think how limited were the faculties my brother
used in this life, and how much of his fine nature remained
undeveloped, I can only hope there will be no Phonography
and no unaccomplished phonetic reform in the other life to
monopolize his intellect and heart." "When I recall the many
personal friends whose lives have been shortened, if not
sacrificed, by faithful devotion to duty in some narrow rut
that modern life and competitive antagonism have made a
necessity, I am filled with gratitude that I inherited some of
my father's ingenuity which, though it has prevented me from
becoming rich and being knighted, has made me a proverbial
Jack of many trades, yielding satisfaction and delights com-
pared with which riches and knighthood would be a barren
Mr. Pitman was stricken several months prior to his death
with a serious and painful malady, which even the highest
skill of the best medical and surgical treatment failed to
arrest. Mr. Pitman met his end with sweet and dignified
composure and went out into the future life with the hopeful
outlook and uplook of one who, "resting from, his labors,"
would have abundant works following with all due reward.
Surrounded by loving daughters and a few intimates, he
came to the end of earth-life. The funeral service was con-
ducted by a Swedenborgian Pastor, and, like his brother Isaac
and his own two co-partners in life, his body was cremated,
at the Dixmyth Avenue Crematory, on Friday, December 30,
The multitude of the friends of Mr. Pitman, and the untold
thousands who have known him only through his life-work,
will always bear him in gracious memory, and his name will
ever be as "ointment poured forth."
THE NEXT MEETING OF THE E. C. T. A.
By President E. M. Huntsinger.
Herewith we present a few facts concerning the progress
thus far made by the present administration of the E. C. T. A.
foi the meeting at Bridgeport, April 13, 14 and 15th.
The Association is to be congratulated upon the excellent
Executive Committee it elected — a real working force, which
during the past three months has perfected plans for the
Bridgeport Meeting. The Local Committee is also first-class
and works in full harmony with it.
The Executive Committee has already secured the follow
ing speakers :
Sec. Chas. D. Hine, State Board of Education.
Geo. T. Service, Yale, on Commercial Geography.
J. K. Wildman, P.. C. S.. C, P. A., of New York, on Ac-
John A. Crawford, Merchants' and Bankers' School, New-
port, on Business English for Commercial Schools.
A. F. Wallace, Worcester, Mass., on Bookkeeping.
Jam-js Scott Hall. Philadelphia, on Business English.
S. E. Bartow, Albany, N. Y., on Business School Pen-
H. W. Patten. Central High School. Philadelphia, on
Business Penmanship from Public High School stand-
James S. Hall, Philadelphia, on Business English.
Miss Emma B. Dearborn, Meriden High School, on
Miss Bertha Crocker, The Packard School, New York, on
It is expected we will be able to secure Dean Balliet on
The Qualifications for Teaching. The remainder of the
speakers we hope to secure before the close of January.
(51)? Hushtrss Journal
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS* ASSOCIATION.
Wednesday A. M., December 28.
S NINE o'clock drew nigh, there gathered from
aPAWSI near and far men and women engaged in com-
f/akyU mercial instruction not in so-called business col-
leges or schools, but in city high schools and
county high schools, who were eager to "hear some
new thing" or to present features of their own diversified ex-
periences. The President's Address (A. H. Sproul, Indian-
apolis, Ind.j, was first in order, followed by the Report of the
Secretary (Miss Mabel Hazard, Harvey, 111.). The faith-
ful work of these time-honored educators was heartily ac-
The everliving and everywhere interesting question of
"Shorthand" came to the front through the presentation of
the views of Grover C. Thomas, of Detroit, Mich. How
much a high school can do in comparison with a specific
schQel for shorthand study is always a question, and the treat-
ment of this subject by one side of the two parties to it
brought forth a thoughtful frame of mind, if it did not deter-
mine the various outstanding points under discussion. And
then in the next paper by H. C. Spillman. of New York City,
the cognate question as to "Typewriting,— How and What,"
was investigated. Rarely is there thorough concord in any
convention as to the how and what of teaching and practice
in respect to the typewriter, and doubtless not all present were
in assured agreement with the views of Mr. Spillman, how-
ever cogently presented.
And then came on another denizen of the great metropolis,
the highly-honored penman, A. N. Palmer, who was in no
measure unwilling to assert and maintain certain positive, and
quite well-known views on the subject which has been a life-
work, penmanship, and especially in high schools.
The forenoon session closed with a consideration of the
broad subject of "Commercial Law," by W. J. Lindsay, of
the Englewood High School, Chicago. "The Feast of Rea-
son" was evident, and there was great "Flow of Soul."
Thursday A. M., December 29.
Nine o'clock came all too quick as so many of the Sec-
tions were enjoying the delights of the lobbies and the large
parlor; but at the call of the President, the most important
and powerful feature of the section, and perhaps of the en-
tire three days' sessions, was an address by Principal William
B. Owen, of the Chicago Normal Schools. The speaker was
not so limited as to time as he might have been, owing to
the absence of L. C. Rusmisel, of the Central High School,
St Joseph, Mo., whose inability to be present was deplored
by many. Louis F. Post, Editor of The F<itblic, Chicago,
took the floor in a close-thinking treatment of "Economics in
High Schools." This paper was followed by the election of
officers for the Section, which resulted in the following selec-
President, W. H. Shoemaker, Wendell Phillips High School,
Vice-President, Karl Von Ammerman, Wabash, Indiana.
Secretary, Miss Mary E. Sullivan, Shortridge High School,
Friday A. M., December 30
This, the closing day of the High School Section, was full
of interest, the business and the high school Sections found
many interests in common, and met in joint discussions.
There were also excellent papers by Chas. H. Langer, of the
Northwestern University School of Commerce, Chicago, 111,
on "Progressive Evolution of Bookkeeping from Elementary
Single Entry to Modern and Advanced Double Entry
Methods," and one by Prof. S. W. Gilman, of the Business
Administration, University of Wisconsin, on "Cost Account-
The High School Section congratulated itself that it has
increased its membership fifty per cent the past year, and
now lias a total of 115 enrolled members. This is indeed
most gratifying, and is setting a noble pace for the other Sec-
tions to emulate.
NEW ENGLAND ASSOCIATION OF PENMANSHIP
HE New England Association of Penmanship
Supervisors held a meeting in Burdett College,
Boston, on January 7, 1911. Everyone on the
program below was present, and was listened
to by an enthusiastic and interested audience.
Address of Welcome, L. E. Pease, Burdett College; Re-
sponse, H. W. Shaylor, Portland, Me. ; "What the Superin-
tendent Wants in Writing," Supt. Frank J. Peaslee, Lynn.
Mass. ; Discussion : "How to Conduct a Writing Class for
Beginners," C. E. Doner, Beverly, Mass.
Business Meeting: Election of Officers; "The Value e<
Blackboard Demonstrations in the Teaching of Writing," E
M. Huntsinger, Hartlford, Conn.; Discussion; Question Box,
Harry Houston, New Haven, Conn.
The following officers were elected :
President : A. B. Wraught, Pittsfield, Mass. ; Vice-Presi-
dent : Miss Margaret Toole, Worcester, Mass.; Secretary and
Treasurer: A. R. Merrill, Saco, Ale.
Superintendent Peaslee's paper was so well received that
the president was instructed to have it published and dis-
tributed. No attempt will be made to report this excellent
paper, as it will appear in full in The Business Journal.
Mr. Doner's talk was very practical. He did not talk theory,
but showed what to teach and how to teach it. Paper was
distributed and copies were written by all present in the way
beginners should take up the subject. Mr. Doner believes,
with the majority of supervisors, that entering classes should
practice large, free writing.
Mr. Huntsinger read a paper, and then demonstrated his
theories by considerable blackboard work. He took up the
letters in detail and grouped them, showing how different
letters are related. His enthusiastic manner of speaking, and
his ability as a penman, will make what he said and did long
The Question Box brought forth a spirited discussion of
left-handedness, writing in high schools, position at desk and
The Association is greatly indebted to the proprietors of
Burdett College for the commodious quarters for the meet-
ing, for the bountiful lunch and many courtesies shown.
RESOLUTIONS ON THE DEATH OF BENN PIT-
(The following paper, having been prepared by a Com-
mittee appointed by the Shorthand Section of the Federation,
was submitted to that Section and by it was adopted. After-
ward, with the typographical modification necessary, it was
presented to the Federation at its regular meeting on the
afternoon of December 29, and was adopted by that body.)
Resolvkd: That this meeting of the National Commercial
Teachers' Federation, having heard with sorrow of the death
yesterday of Mr. Benn Pitman at the advanced age oi eighty-
eight years, after an illness of several months, desires to place
on record its very high appreciation of the life and labors of
this, the last of the honored and noble Pitman brothers to
remain with us.
Historically, it may be said that Benn Pitman was a most
efficient co-worker with his brother, the late Sir Isaac Pitman,
in the preparation of the first edition of Pitmanic shorthand,
"Stenographic Sound Hand," in 1S37. Benn Pitman was a
teacher of the system prior to the publication of the first
®tjp lBuatttPHa Journal
volume, using cards which he had prepared for instruction
purposes among his pupils, and he devoted much time and
labor to it. traveling through England and Scotland, lecturing
about and teaching the newly invented phonetic system of
shorthand at that time. This work he continued from 1837 to
1852, assisting his brother Isaac very materially in the promul-
gation of phonetic writing. _
In 1853 Eenn Pitman came to America, reaching Philadel-
phia where he remained but a few months, after which he took
up his residence in Cincinnati, Ohio, where his home has been
ever since At that time and for some years later, Benn
Pitman was known as the most competent and arduous re-
porter of his dav, especially during the trying period of the
Civil War when he was the official government reporter at a
great many courts martial, and at the investigations concern-
ing the assassination of President Lincoln, and his phono-
graphv was of such a character that his shorthand notes
were "forwarded to Cincinnati and transcribed by his wife
and forwarded by her to the government without his previous
revision In his later vears, he has devoted himself very
largely to art. particularly to engraving, wood carving, etc.,
but° his interest in the art-science of phonetic writing re-
mained supreme. It is not very long ago that he expressed
the expectation of reaching Ins one-hundredth year, but the
strenuous labors and untiring industry of a long life told
upon his constitution to such an extent that when a surgical
operation became necessarv a few months ago he was unable
to recuperate and slowly but surely he passed from us.
Benn Pitman was pre-eminently an educator seeking to de-
velop in the youth of the land the highest and best of which
that vouth is capable, and his kindness of heart was recog-
nized universally and those who knew him best loved him
most The members of the National Shorthand Reporters
Association have lost in him their most honored member he
havin" been President of that Association at one time and a
member of it for many y-ars. He also attended the meetings
of this Federation in former years, but owing to the infirmities
of advancing age his regular attendance was not possible yet
he has alwavs been remembered with affection in the meetings
of this body. Many of the younger generation have had no
personal acquaintance with our departed brother, but through
his writings, his magazines and his other publications, we have
become in heart familiar with him, and have recognized the
genuine nobility and the trulv lovable qualities of the man
Benn Pitman outlived all his contemporaries including An-
drew J. Graham. James E. Munson, Ehas Longley, K P.
Prosser and D. P. Lindsley, and the only publishers contem-
poraneous with his early years still surviving are WW
psgoodbv, of Rochester, X. V., and J. George Cross, now of
Benn Pitman is survived bv two daughters. Agnes the
daughter of his first wife, and Melrose, the daughter of his
second wife, to whom this Section of the Federation wish to
extend profound sympathy in their bereavement. As was i ex-
pressed in the December issue of the Phonographic World,
Mr Benn Pitman was "the oldest shorthand author, reporter
teacher and nublisher in the world." and it is with feelings of
the deecest regret and with the highest appreciation of the
life work of such a noble and distinguished man, that we
learn of his demise, and it is under such feelings that we
desire this tribute to his memory to be spread on record in
the minutes of this meeting, and that a copy of it be tor-
warded to the bereaved members of his family.
Signed:" Wm. D. Bridge.
Frederick J. Rose.
John R. Greco.
Chicago, Illinois. December 20, 1910.
BOSTON COMMERCIAL TEACHERS TO DINE.
The dinner and the good time that nearly a hundred com-
mercial teachers enjoved at the Boston City Club a year ago
have brought many requests for a return engagement ; and the
evening of February 25 has been set for the event.
We would like every male teacher in the vicinity of Boston
who is interested, and whom we did not reach last year, to
send his name and address to R. G. Laird. High School of
Commerce, Boston, Mass., that he may receive announcements.
E. S. Coltox,
E. H. Fisher.
R. G. Laird,
The .typewriter companies were well represented — the Rem-
ington, Underwood, Smith Premier, Monarch, through their
attractive leading men.
There were exhibits of the American Book Co., the Ellis
Publishing Co., the Gregg Publishing Co., the Bobbs-Merrill
Co., and many others. The Multigraph and W r riterpress Com-
panies were in evidence. Large placards of many companies,
agencies, machines, exhibits, statements, etc., were hung in al-
most all possible conspicuous places, and lined the stairways to
all the hotel's nine stories. Tables in public and private rooms
groaned with bounteous attractions— circulars, fliers, booklets,
leaflets, envelopes, puzzles, card diaries, badges, were all
heavily in evidence. Every delegate wore from three to five
badges. The men and women vied with each other in wear-
ing attractive ensigns.
Many of the delegates, especially from nearby sections and
the Sunny South, brought their wives and their lovely daugh-
ters. In their beautiful costumes and native loveliness, they
added much to the attractiveness of the Convention, not only
in the hotel parlors, but in the banquet hall and even the
STENOGRAPHERS MEET HERE. .
The Xew York State Stenographers' Association held its
thirty-fifth annual meeting in the Press Club, this city, on
Wednesday and Thursday of last week. William C. Booth,
official stenographer, City Court, Manhattan, president for
1910, was chairman. The more important papers read were:
"The Necessity for the Bill Establishing Certified Sten-
ographic Reporters," bv E. H. Keller, Jamaica, L. I.: "The
Phvsiologv and Psychologv of Shorthand Writing," bv George
Faniell, Providence, R. I.; "The Actual and the Ideal New
York State Civil Service Tests for Court Stenographers," by
David H. O'Keefe, Brooklvn.
Report of the joint meeting of the executive committee of
the X. Y. S. S. A. and the executives of all the associations
in the state of New York interested in the teaching and prac-
tice of shorthand, held June 11, 1910, to consider the certifica-
tion of stenographic reporters, by Harry W. Wood, New
Short addresses were made by Edward E. Horton ot
Toronto, representing the Chartered Stenographic Reporters
Association of Ontario; Oscar L. Detweiler of Philadelphia,
ex-president of the Xational Association of Shorthand Re-
porters, representing that association ; Frank L. Burt of Bos-
ton, president Massachusetts Shorthand Reporters' Associa-
tion, representing the court reporters of that state ; George A.
McBride, national delegate, Pennsylvania Shorthand Report-
ers' Association, representin-* the reporters of the Keystone
As soon as the news of the death of Benn Pitman became
known Mr. John R. Potts of Xew York moved resolutions
expressive of the deep grief felt bv all in the Association at
the loss of its senior honorary member.
\t the banquet on Thursday evening, Mr. Peter It"
McLoughlin of Brooklvn. acknowledged universally to be the
greatest wit in the shorthand reporting world, began by lm-
oersonating his great townsman, Dr. Cook of northern notori-
ety, and concluded the evening's fun with a skit entitled We
Have With Us Tonight."
The officers for 1911 are: President. Edward J. Shalvey.
official stenoerapher. Supreme Court, Manhattan; vice-presi-
dent Harrv W. Wood, New York; secretary-treasurer, \VaUer
R. Duryea. New York; librarian and editor. David H.
\t a largelv attended convention of teachers in North-
western Minnesota, held at Grand Forks, N. D., recently, sev-
eral well-considered popular papers were read. Among them
was one on "Practical Instruction in Business from the
Standpoint of the Instructor," by O. J. Hanson, the Principal
of Aaker's Business College, Grand Forks. This paper is pub-
lished in full in the Grand Forks Evening Times. The school
should publish it in form suitable for a wide circulation, and
as a valuable advertisement.
CLYDE H. MARSHALL.
HE editor of The Business Journal informs me
that I am acquiring a modicum of reflected fame
on account of some remarkable stenographic per-
formances by my son Clyde H. Marshall. The
editor further informs me that a curious public
arning for some intimate facts about this meteoric youth
which can best be supplied from the family records, and asks
me to furnish them. It is with due diffidence that I comply
with this request.
Naturally I had an opportunity of becoming acquainted
with the young man somewhat early in his career. The stork
left him with us, if I remember rightly, on the 29th day of
May, 1881, at Paola, Kansas. Being the first of our flock, he
was, of course, esteemed a wonderful baby. Both his mother
and I at once noticed a remarkable similarity in the contour
of his infantile cranium to that of President Garfield, who
had entered the White House a few weeks previously, and
we felt entirely sure that he would yet achieve greatness, or,
maybe, have it thrust upon him. These dreams ceased to dis-
Clyde H. Marshall.
turb us, however, as we came to know him better. By the
time he was old enough to hook apples, kick the palings off
the neighbors' fences, or break their windows with his ball,
we decided that he might not become anything greater than a
congressman, or, possibly, a train robber.
Of the boy's childhood and youth there is little of interest
to record. He waxed strong in physique and appetite, and
happily escaped measles, whooping-cough and the other juven-
ile disorders provided by Nature to effect the survival of the
fittest. He was a vivacious lad, who evidently regarded life as
an oyster that should be opened entertainingly, and he was
continually breaking out in new places, and keeping us guess-
ing. In school he pursued with avidity the things he liked,
and let the rest go hang. Quite early he manifested a re-
markable power of absorbing and retaining written language.
When he was about eleven years old, circumstances made it
necessary for me to serve as his school master for a few
days. As he was not regularly entered in my classes, I had
to provide special means for keeping him busy, so I handed
him a copy of Dickens' "Child's History of England," assign-
ing him the task of reading the opening chapter, and report-
ing to me later as to its contents. This book, despite its
title, is not exactly meat for babes, and I did not really ex-
pect the boy to make much out of it. In about a half hour
he reported himself ready for the test, but as I did not have
time to quiz him, I took away the book and gave him some
sheets of paper, and told him to write all he could remp-nber
of the chapter. He at once plunged into this work and wrote
assiduously till noon. Then he handed me four closely
written pages of foolscap. On examining these, I found that
he had recounted the history of the Saxon Heptarchy, with a
fidelity to the language of the author that was nothing short
of amazing, — much better, in fact than I could have done it
myself. He could not have consulted the book, as it was put
away in my desk; besides, I had seen him doing this writing
without other aid than his memory. This power of remem-
bering language continued to be noticeable in his school life,
and, I am inclined to suspect, has had much to do with his
ability to transcribe accurately, his high speed shorthand'
notes. However, I am not sure that he agrees with me in this
Notwithstanding his facility in grasping and retaining lan-
guage, the bent of his mind as he grew older, was wot, as one
would have expected, toward literature. He appeared to cart
little about books as books. Rather he enjoyed the things they
related. I believe "The Yarn of the Nancy Bell" is still his
favorite poem, and Kipling means vastly more to him than
Ruskin. Neither did he manifest any special aptness in com-
position, particularly the kind of composition prescribed in
the high sch«ol, which calls for more or less exercise of the
imagination. His power in language seemed mechanical rather
than creative, and this, again, is probably of more advantage-
to him than he realizes, in the matter of taking down accurate-
ly the language of others. He is not troubled with any ten-
dency to depart from or improve upon the original matter.
And yet, he is able to do this on occasion. His first reporting
assignment came to him when he was little better than an
average stenographer. A Los Angeles paper sent him out to
report an "Irrigation Congress" that was being held some-
where down in the hot air country. For the youngster to
assume such a job at that time was nothing short of a joke,
as he probably could not write faster than 125 words per
minute. But he "took" the whole session with the most sub-
lime aplomb. His notes, of course, must have looked like a
rail fence after a Kansas cyclone, but the boy was able to
supply the missing panels, or others that were better, and'
when the two-page report appeared, none of the statesmen
complained of being misquoted, and in some instances dis-
covered that their speeches read better than they sounded.
StU? $usttu>s3 Journal
Believers in heredity will be interested to learn that Clyde
Marshall's paternal grandfather was an enthusiastic "phon-
ographer" and spelling reforn-er, and lectured in Ohio on
these subjects in the 40's. The present writer in his early
childhood was taught to read by the 42-letter "Fonetik Alfe-
bet" invented by the Longleys. My father hoped great things
for me in shorthand, but, alas, I was not cast in the right
mold. It has been more than I could do to write longhand
decently, and I would rather go to the penitentiary and make
jute bags than be forced to become <. stenographer. Clyde's
case appears therefore to be a case of alternate hereditation,
whatever that is. All of which is respectfully submitted.
Carl. C. Marshall.
NOTES BY MR. MARSHALL.
OUR FRENCH SHORTHAND NOTES.
The Business Journal is proud of its hundreds of French
subscribers in the Dominion of Canada and elsewhere. The
beautiful specimen of Duployean shorthand given in this is-
sue, with the French transcript, were furnished us by Brother
Anselm, of Mount St. Louis College, Montreal, and are sig-
nal specimens of finely written penmanship. In that College
the English students write the Pitman and Pernin systems;
the French students use the Duploye system.
U^tn u. j^k ^//J3 [ \4
(V\ , »V,
(Clyde H. Marshall's Transcript.)
Q. Assume, now, that you were sworn as a witness before
a commission ; would you charge thirteen dollars for that
day? A. Yes.
Q. Now, suppose that you went across the street on the
same day and you were sworn over there, would you charge
thirteen dollars for that, too?
Mr. Linson: That I object to upon the ground that
that (it) assumes a fact not proven. There is no
foundation for the question.
Mr. Kelly : Well, the Court will permit me to ex-
amine this witness as to whether that was his proceed-
ings (proceeding) or not.
The Referee : You may ask the witness if he had
By Mr. Kelly:
Q. Did you ever do that?
Mr. Linson: That I object to upon the ground that
it includes other property not within the purview of
this proceeding. I have no objection if it can be shown
that Mr. Winchell has charged for the same days
that he has charged for in these matters under review,
in another commission, but I do object to proof, gen-
erally, of what he may have done sometime within
three years last past before some other commission.
The Referee: Well, that i,s what I am excluding;
what he may have done.
Mr. Linson: There is no objection to anything in
connection with this.
Owing to an unusual pressure on our columns the Short-
hand plates of the various systems have been crowded out.
They will appear in the next issue.
/yyiZsyzJid t£rrlJ^<& -^y^tAA^L/ 'OsV-0-cV
—£-C4#wy y d<e/~&^za u^edy c6&^vj C^tJiU^j
ulljp IBusmrss Journal
J. N. Fulton, of the International
Business College, Fort Wayne, Ind.,
forwards for our inspection eight
sheets containing the work of as
many pupils. The oval movement
drill, the figures and the plain writing
indicate great variety in execution on
the part of the students, some show-
ing a remarkably light touch and oth-
ers a far heavier impression. We are
much pleased with the stress laid on
the beautiful accuracy of form in
W. I. Monroe, of Monroe's Busi-
ness College, Waterbury, Conn., offers
us the pleasing sight of the penmanship
of seven of his young lady students, in-
dicating close attention to outline and
considerable degree of facility of
movement, though a little more of the
hand movement exercises will guar-
antee better results.
From J. J. Bailey, of the Technical
High School, Toronto, Ontario, come
seventeen specimens from as many
students. If we were in business we
would be much pleased to have our
letters written and our books kept
in such a neat and attractive style of
the "art which men should cultivate."
Through M. J. Walters, of the Il-
linois Business College, we have a
large number of specimen pages, on
which are marked the time under
which each student has been practic-
ing in penmanship, from one month
to six months. Each page consists
of scroll work, a Promise to Pay, in
blank, and other matter. Very cred-
itable is this work, and we cannot but
congratulate Mr. Walters on the sys-
tematic way in which he brings his
students forward from month to month,
the evident facility and beauty of the
penmanship being marked from point
By Clyde L. Newell.
Work 10 problems within two hours.
1. A grocer mixes 20 lbs. nuts at 40c. ; 30 lbs. at 30c. and 50
lbs. at 20c. At what price per pound should the mixture be
sold so that a profit of 23% mav be realized? If sold at 40c.
per pound, what % profit would he make?
2. A man wishes to have a rectangular cistern built 12 ft.
long, 6 ft. wide and 10 ft. deep. Digging and carting the
earth away will cost 75c. a cubic yard. He wishes the interior
lined with one thickness of brick each measuring 8" x 4" x 2"
at $12 per M. Labor will cost $9, cement $8. Estimate the en-
tire cost of the cistern.
3. He also wishes a top for the above cistern made of 2-
inch plank with four cross pieces 3" x 4". Estimate the cost
of the material at $18 per M, allowing nothing for openings
or waste, the platform to extend one foot on each of the four
sides beyond the opening.
4. Find the net "roceeds of a consignment of 90 brls. A
sugar averaging 300 lbs. each @ 5^c. Frt. 50c. a brl., cartage
10c. a brl., cooperage $3.50, commission 5%.
5. Find the proceeds of a note for $895.50, dated Jan. 7,
1910, payable in 4 months with interest at 6% and discounted
Feb. 19, at 5%.
6. A note for $2000 dated July 7, 1910, at 8 months with
interest at 6% in favor of Jas. Hotchkiss, signed by Henry
Milton had the following indorsements: Sept. 12, $500; Nov.
27, $800. Find amount due at maturity using Merchants Rule
of partial payments and find the time by exact days.
7. A ladv deposited $500 in a savings bank and was allowed
interest at the rate of 4% per annum. The interest was com-
pounded semi-annually. What was the total amount due her
at the end of two years?
Engravers' Script by Giuseppe Galterio, a former student of W. A. Hoff-
man, Valparaiso, Ind.
at 8% from Feb. 7,
8. Find the accurate interest on
1908, to Oct. 18, 1910.
9 A merchant bought a bill of merchandise amounting to
$748.50. He was allowed a discount of 20, 10 and 5% off. He
sold the goods at invoice prices allowing 10, and Z% off.
What % profit did he make?
10. A, B and C are partners and agree to share losses or
gains in proportion to their average investment. Their respec-
tive ledger accounts are as follows: A, Cr. Jan. 1, 1910,
$8500- Oct 1, $2000 and Dr. July 1, $4300. B, Cr. Jan. 1, 1910,
$5250 • May 1, $3000 ; Nov. 1, $1000 and Dr. Sept. 1, $500. C,
Cr July 1, 1910, $5000; Oct. 1, $1000. What is each mans
present worth at the end of the year, their net gain being
11 I wish to secure a vearlv income of $2000 by an invest-
ment in stock. What will be my total investment if I buy
a stock listed at 98?4 and the company declares a quarterly
dividend of 2]/-°^ paving usual brokerage at %%?
12. I wish to borrow $3500 on my 90-day note with interest
at 6% For what amount must I draw the note that when
discounted at 6% it will equal the amount I am to borrow?
Answers to the above will appear in the March issue.
The Graduating Class of the Arkansas City Business College
invites you to attend its Commencement Exercises, Thursday
evening, December 22, 1910, at half-past eight o'clock at the
High School Auditorium, Arkansas City, Kans.
Sljp !5itsttt?ss Journal
Product Work by F. B. Courtney.
NEWS OF THE PROFESSION.
We wish we could write as remarkable an autograph as
does E. M. Huntsinger, of the Huntsinger School, Hartford,
Conn. To see it is never to forget it. And to see it attached
as President of the Eastern Commercial Teachers' Associa-
tion stirs our blood also. We hope the Spring "MEET" will
delight his earnest soul.
J. Kugler, Jr., Principal of the Newark, (N. J.,) Bus-
iness College, writes of his "so busy" times, but does not fail
to send us a large club for The Journal, with assurances of
"more to follow."
W. R. Hill, of the Bliss Business College, North Adams,
Mass., declares that his "School is filled to overflowing in the
day, and the evening class quite large also." That statement
warms our heart, old as it is, for the young men and women
are coming our way rapidly.
A Typewriter Advertisement has a Thrilling Trip in a
Passenger Balloon. — H. J. Champion of 10 S. Congress Ave.,
Atlantic City, had been in the habit of visiting the balloon
kouse of Walter Wellman during the construction of "Amer-
ica." One day Jack Irwin, wireless operator, borrowed from
him a pencil and forgot to return it Later Champion re-
ceived a letter from Irwin containing the pencil and this
"I forgot to return your pencil but I was afterwards glad
that I did forget, for it was the only one I had to write mes-
sages with on the trip."
Champion wouldn't sell the pencil for fifty times its value
and The SMITH PREMIER TYPEWRITER CO., is par-
ticularly interested in this one inasmuch as it was one of the
souvenir pencils advertising the Company's Model 10 machine
and was given to Mr. Champion's son at the recent Car
Builders' Convention in Atlantic City.
A. C. Sloan, Davis Business College, Toledo, cheers us
with such words as these : "We are having the best year we
have ever had ; our attendance shows an increase of over
50% more than any previous year, and our students are doing
excellent work. From our point of view, the future for good
business schools has never been brighter."
From Bowling Green, Ky., through W. C. Brownfield
comes this : "Prospects are good for heavy January enroll-
ment." "Mills is certainly turning out the best lessons in
business writing that have ever come from the hand of any
man. So far as I can tell, this is the best he has ever done,
combining as it does such great accuracy and his usual free-
dom of movement."
The staff of the Garbutt Business College, Calgary, Al-
herta, has lately been increased by the addition of Misi
Edith Johnston and Miss Isabelle Woodley.
Principal J. A. Dacus, of the Texas Christian University,
Fort Worth, Texas, writes most cheerily, saying, "Have
been out of the work for several years, but naturally enough
we all drift back." Welcome, old friend!
S. C. Bedinger, of the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mech-
anical College, writes us that he is "at the present time
handling about two hundred Business and Sub-Freshmen
students, besides teaching shorthand and book-keeping to quite
a number of the business students." He does affirm with much
positiveness, "You are giving us a great paper, and I hope the
good work will continue."
D. A. Casey, of the Capital Commercial School, Albany,
N. Y., has no occasion to be disgruntled, for he writes us,
saying: "We continue to gain here, as evidenced by the fact
that our registration already exceeds last year's total."
C. W. Jones, of Brockton, Mass., writes us that Miss Annie
M. Bemis, of that flourishing city, and one of his pupili,
has become the Supervisor of Penmanship in Brockton. Hail
to the honors of teacher and taught ! 1
C. E. Chamberlin, of Iowa Falls, Iowa, declares as if he
meant it that "The Journal is-a great paper, and should have
the support of all of our students." We positively declare
that he's right.
Victor Lee Dodson, Principal of the Wilkes-Barre Business
College, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., is just one year old as a school
proprietor of this fine commercial school. In new premises,
with a faculty of five efficient helpers, and all necessary
equipment, he is having success in teaching 105 day students
and 76 night students. The Wilkes-Barre Board of Trade
Journal gives Mr. Dodson and his school well-merited praise.
Two statements startle us as we look at the letter-head of
the Burdett College, Boston, Mass., the latter of which we
have never seen put. thus plainly elsewhere. 1. "Larger
than all other Commercial Schools and Shorthand Schools
in Boston combined." 2. "Situations supplied free for Bur-
dett graduates during life."
A. D. Wilt, President of the Miami Commercial College,
Dayton, O., encloses his check to us for The Journal, and
expresses his pleasure at our "showing such encouraging
signs of vigorous life."
H. W. English, formerly of Pittsburg, Pa., has removed to
Pottstown, Pa., and submits to our inspection several most
worthy specimens of penmanship, of which as we may hon-
estly say, "If all Americans wrote as neatly, plainly, beau-
tively, we would be examples for the world."
In Browne's Brooklyn Business College, April 22, 1911, at
o'clock, p. m., a school champion typewriting contest will be
held, under the charge of J. N. Kimball. Full information
furnished by David H. O'Keefe, 179 Marcy Ave., Brooklyn.
Prizes will be given. The Contest is under the auspices of
the National Associaton of Isaac Pitman Shorthand Teachers
Spokane "goes wild" over the prospect of having the next
Federation meeting of commercial proprietors and teachers in
1912. R. J. Maclean, Secretary of the Spokane Chamber of
Commerce, estimates that there will be 1,500 members of the
Federation present and an equal number of visitors.
The Chamber of Commerce sent the following tele-
gram to Enos Spencer, president of the federation, in
"In behalf of the governors of the Pacific northwest
states, the mayors of the cities of these states, and of
the chambers of commerce and commercial schools of
Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alberta and
British Columbia, from whom you received cordial in-
vitations to come to the Pacific northwest and meet in
annual convention in Spokane, we thank you and
through you every member of the National Commer-
cial Teachers' Federation for your consideration and
acceptance of these invitations, and again assure you
that a real western welcome awaits you in Spokane, and
in all the other cities of the entire Pacific northwest.
The vast agricultural, horticultural, mining and lum-
ber resources, the superior climate and the magnificent
scenery will be a revelation to you and you will enjoy
every minute of your visit in this great growing
country. We wish you and each of your mambers a
very happy and orosperous new year."
Department of Ornamental Writing
Plates by F. W. TAMBLYN
RECENT JOURNAL VISITORS.
H. B. Slater, Newtown, N. Y., High School.
W. D. Sears, Drake College, Jersey City, N. J.
J. C. Barber, B. & S. Business College, Providence, R. I.
N, A. Fulton, High School, Derby, Conn.
F. P. Baltz, Eastern District High School, Brooklyn. N. V
Miss Mabel E. Rice, Eagan School, Union Hill, N. J.
Philetta M. Radclift'e, Woodbury Business College, Los An-
Clyde L. Newell, Wood's School, Brooklyn, N. Y.
B. F. Wilson, St. Cloud, Fla.
A. B. Wraught, Pittsfield, Mass.
M. M. Van Ness, High School, Hoboken, N. J
F. B. Hess, Heffley School, Brooklyn, N. V.
D. H. O'Keefe, Brooklyn, N Y.
The Missouri Valley Commercial Teachers' Association
paid the educational journals a very nice compliment by giv-
ing them free some advertising space in their program with
the following statement : "Professional Journals : These
journals have been loyal supporters of our Association, and
deserve the patronage of every member. Every wide-awake
teacher should subscribe for one or more of them, for they
are the best in the world."
It is not for the professional journals themselves to speak
of the work they are doing for business education, but the
fact remains, nevertheless, that there are those who little
think of the time, money and thought devoted to professional
interests that is given by these magazines. An expression of
appreciation such as this appeals very strongly to the pub-
22 QU)p Sitstttpsa Journal
DEPARTMENT OF ADVANCED BOOKKEEPING. THE SPECIAL COLUMN JOURNAL.
Problems and Solutions by F. P. Baltz, B. C. S. By Clyde L. Newell.
JOURNAL ENTRIES TO CLOSE THE LEDGER OF A. & B. Solution of the exercise appearing in the January Jour-
Dec. 31, 1909 — (Journal page 4). na \ t
L.F. AUGUST 1, 1910. 1
10 Goods Returned to Cred.tor 2100.
10 T,° Purcliases ' Bills Accts. Sundry L.F Sundry Accts. Bills
Rec. Pay. Rec. Pay.
10 Sales : 1200. F. B. Conner and Chas.
10 To Goods Returned by Customers... 1200. Enderton have this day
'" formed a co-partner-
~ . moftriri ship in the Furniture
10 Trading Account 102600. business at 303 Main
10 To Mdse. Inventory 11000. g un d er the nrm
10 " Purchases 82900. name of Conner & Fn-
10 " Salaries and Wages 6000. derton Furniture Co
10 '' Rent 3300. investing their assets
10 Insurance 400. and liabi i ities as
shown in the follow-
10 Insurance (newacct) 200. „., „, rAwfc^hant ft c a f,
10 To Insurance (old acct.) 200. 2378.82 Cash^ck^bankft safe.
469.30 Accts. Rec. per sched-
10 Trading Account 650. ule A.
10 To Salaries and Wages (new acct.).. 250. 376.80 B. Rec. 4 mo. note
10 " Rent (new acct.) 300. with int. 6%
•■ 3.39 Int. 54ds. on above.
„, 240. Fur. & Fixt. per invt.
10 Sales 96800. 125 . Insurance unexpired
10 Mdse. Inventory (new acct.) 22600. prem.
10 To Trading Account 119400. 825t Horse & wagon per
10. Trading Account 16250. Accts. P ay - P« «"ed-
10 To Profit and Loss Account 16250. „ u,e B - 896 - 48
.. B. pay. 90 da. note
with int. 6% 157.8*
10 Interest 200. Int. 26 da. on above .68
10 To Interest Rec Accrued (old acct) 200. F. B. Conner net in-
10 Interest Pay Accrued (old acct.) 150. 2466.27 Cash certified check.
10 To Interest 160. . 4245.39 Mdse. per invt.
354.50 Fur. & Fixt. per invt.
10 Profit and Loss Account 22653. . si0 °- Real Estate 303 Ma j»
10 To General Expense 3000. . _ =?*■
10 " Interest ...... 470. 350 ' Andrew Carmer Accts.
10 " Interest Pay Accrued (new acct) 160. „_ „ „ Eec -
10 " Disc't on Sales 3000. 500. B. Rec. acceptance.
10 " Coll. and Exch 230. 83.63 Expense 3/ 2 t. coal
10 " Reserve for Bad Debts 1960. „ . , , ^-j* V',? ,, n0
10 " Furniture and Fixtures 80. a^'A'm, u T" d bl11 J?' 08
10 " Surplus 1000. ' A. Miller Accts. pay 465.
10 " A Private Acct 4244.33 Dean tur. Lo. Accts.
10 " B " " 8488.67 „ „ .„ , P a 7 1020., 5
10 Interest Receivable Accrued (new acct.) 203. B - ¥a V- 60 da ; "°' e
10 Disc't on Purchases 5000. ., ., , '"'■«% "6.
10 Income on Investments 1200 on aDove 2.02
10 To Profit and 'Loss.':.:.'.'.':::::::::: 6403. Chas - Enderton net
.< investment 9533.94
W Furniture and Fixture (newacct.) 720. 241.94 Thos. Matthews ac-
10 To Furniture and Fixtures (old acct.) 720. cepted 30 da dft
B. Pay. in full' inv.'
10 Reserve for Bad Debts (old acct.) 2360. due to-day 241.94
10 To Reserve for Bad Debts (new acct.) 2360. 12
380.69 Dean Fur. Co. gave
10 Surplus (old acct.) 4300 „ „ c „. note on acct.
10 To Surplus (new acct.) 4300. 3.65 Dis. 67 ds.
.• B. Rec. 4 mo. note 376.80
, „ . „ . , ,, . Int. 4 mo. on above 7.54
10 A Private Acct. (old acct.) 2144.33 17
10 To A Private Acct. (new acct.) 2144.33 275, B. Pay. drew on acct.
2.75 Int. 60 ds. on note
10 B Private Acct. (old acct.) 6138.67 dne , Andrew Carner
10 To B Private Acct. (new acct.) 51.38.67 . t0 " day 277,75
876.80 622.63 21647.80 Ford. 22195.24 277.75 674.24
Questions. — Close A & B's ledger and prepare a balance = —
sheet Dec. 31, 1909. See December Journal for facts and 2 AUGUST 24 1910
January Journal for trading and profit and loss statement. '
The Ledger will appear in the March issue and the Balance |™f' A,« ts - Sundry L ' F Sundry A £' c s ' ^
Sheet in the April issue. 876.80 628.M 21647.80 Ford. 22195.24 277^75 67M4
No entries are given for the remaining accounts as the 121 - 36 B - R ee- 30 da. note
procedure is very simple in each case. A's and B's capital C. A. Mason in full
accounts remain as in the trial balance, the net gain having 25 a ° Ct ' 121-36
been carried to their private accounts. It is assumed that it 806 ' 18 Wm - Kenney on Re a m c td
is the intention of the partners to preserve the capital invest- B. Bixler N. Y. dft.'
ments at $10,000 and $20,000 and withdraw net profits soon Mdse. Dis. 3%'^ S °°'
after the books are closed; that any net losses are to be „„ amt - pd - 6 - 18
charged against surplus ; that the partners are not to overdraw 65. Mdse. Retd to us an
their private account balances to any great extent. Andrew Carmer^oak ^
In the Trading and Profit and Loss Statement, which was 998 16 99g 16 B Rec 31 Dr
published in the January Journal, the word "Unexpired" ' 828.81 828.81 Accts. Pay/'Dr. 664.ii664.il
should have appeared under the title of "Insurance" instead . . B. CC 'pay Re Cr. Cr ' 674 - 24 6U - 2i
of the word "Unpaid." 23539.77 23539.77
Slje iOuatnrss Journal
LEST YOU FORGET
that "Now is the appointed time," and that "Time is money," we wish to impress upon you
the importance of selecting the best text-books.
Is your school prosperous? Are you meeting the demand of business men for young
men and young women who are capable of filling responsible positions in the commercial
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ARM MOVEMENT WRITING IN THE GRADES.
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Make at the rate of about three words in ten seconds.
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000. I am getting a salary that is probably not exceeded by
many business college teachers in the United States, which,
of course, you will be glad to know."
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work done by his pupils in Penmanship.
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This plate shows the capital letters,
and you will have a chance to try
your skill in making them. Measure
off the spacing with a pair of dividers
or compass, and rule with a T square.
Use a medium hard pencil, rule light-
ly, so the lines can be easily erased.
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It is better to excel in the execu-
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itals. The capital stem is the founda-
tion for nearly one-half of the capital
letters. I make it three spaces high.
Exercise No. 1 illustrates the stem.
Exercise No. 2 shows how I make the
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bottom of the stem are round and full.
They should not be made too flat.
The first part of A is made the same
as the stem of P, only it should not
be shaded. The last part begins light
at the top, and grows wider as it
nears the base line. The stem of
the I should be made with more of
a curve than the P and B. -I make
the second shaded stroke as heavy
as the stem. Cross the stem a space
and a fifth above the base line.
A CHANGE IN THE PLACE OF
MEETING OF THE E. C. T. A.
Every Business School Proprietor,
Principal or Teacher should take note
of the change of the location of the
Eastern Commercial Teachers' Asso-
ciation Convention from New Haven
to Bridgeport, Conn. The Executive
Committee, after a thorough investi-
gation of the conditions at New Hav-
en, has by unanimous vote made the
change. The best hotel in New Haven
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accepted, and the lack of hotel ac-
commodations being now known, the
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Very beautiful ones were received from the following : Smith
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TRANSCRIPT OF SHORTHAND NOTES IN THE
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News of the Profession.
Buena Vista College, of Storm
Lake, Iowa, is a school of very high
grade, with fourteen teachers, and has
recently incorporated with itself the
Estherville Business College equip-
ment, good will and students, and E.
E. Strawn becomes the popular and
energetic head of the Business de-
partment. Iowa is famous for its
colleges, and Storm Lake holds a high
position among them.
Ferris Institute, Big Rapids, Mich.,
under the personal direction of W. N.
Ferris, holds a leading position in
Michigan school work. Ferris Insti-
tute is in closest touch with every
college in the State, including the
University of Michigan. In the Fall
term of 1910 690 students were en-
rolled, and for the mid-winter term
1200 are assured. A specialty of Fer-
ris Institute is the preparation of
competent teachers for commercial
and shorthand schools. Looking at
the faculty of twenty-six we are com-
pelled to say, "If brains, energy and
success are mirrored in the human
countenance, these men and women
have these in abundance."
The Gregg School, Chicago, Illi-
nois. In the catalogue we see Broth-
er Gregg looking as happy as if he
owned the world; and he knows he
does in a large measure. Forty pages
of an elegantly printed booklet tell
us of the "beginnings" of the Gregg
School in 1896, in one room, with one
teacher and one pupil, and its devel-
opment until it holds its prominent
position in the Thomas Church Build-
ing on Wabash Avenue.
The Alberta Business College Cal-
endar is before us, bearing the Motto,
"What We Have Done for Others,
We Can Do For You." Alberta Col-
lege, in Edmonton, one of the most
thriving cities of the Dominion, has
a fine equipment and staff of experi-
enced instructors. Its courses are of
the best, and Messrs. E. Scott Eaton,
R. J. McGregor, Herbert Lawrence
and David Elston, the accomplished
secretary and penman, make a team
which is rarely equaled. On one page
of this calendar we find the picture
of a portion of the thirty-five students
who have received certificates of
THE BUSINESS JOURNAL during
1909-10, in the center of the group
being their leader, Mr. Elston.
"Modern Business" is a stunner.
It is published by the Merchants &
Bankers' Association. A. J. Harding,
President, Newark, N. J. H. J. Ste-
vens is Vice Principal. It is with
cheerful pride that Mr. Harding de-
clares in the preface of his magazine,
"I am the man behind the Merchants'
and Bankers' School; it is my life
work. My time, my experience, my
personality, my whole make-up is
here for the benefit of the students
and our patrons. Mv school is not
lacking in one point." The illustra-
tions are apparently the chief feature
of this magazine, to tell the whole
storv; yet a little booklet of 14 pages
neatly prepared and printed presents
the courses and the tuition rates in
In answering advertisements please mention The Business Journal.
ctljr Susutras Journal
WANT ADS. NOTICE
Classified Advertisements will be run
under the above head for 5c. a word,
payable in advance. Where the ad-
vertiser uses a nom de plume answers
will be promptly forwarded.
Kellogg's Teachers' Agency, 31 Union Square, New
York, established 21 years, has more calls for commer-
cial teachers in eastern high schools than the Agency can supply. All 'round teach-
ers, fine writers needed, not shorthand only. No charge for registration. Com-
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Grand opportunity for man with money to
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are being listed with us daily. If you are not
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helped many others to better positions and
know that we will not disappoint you.
Southwest Branch, Bartlesville, Okla.
C. D. Foster, Mgr.
C. F. Nesse, of Heald's Business
College, Chico, California, declares
with emphasis, "The Journal is all
right. I am glad you started a Pub-
lic School Department. A good fea-
ture. I shall try to get the Public
School teachers to join."
The tastefulness with which the
program of the National Commer-
cial Teachers' Federation, Chicago,
111., has been prepared and printed de-
mands at least a brief notice. The first
page has, as its chief feature, the col-
ored representation of the badge to
be worn by the members of the Fed-
eration, and the last page gives the
delegates an idea of the hostelry to
which they go on arrival; the inner
pages give in outline the subjects to
be discussed in the subsidiary meet-
ings of the Federation.
The Ohio University Bulletin, Sou-
venir Edition for the Ohio Univer-
sity Summer School of 1910, is one
of the most striking volumes of 178
pages to which our attention has ever
been called. We have taken the pains
to count the most interesting and il-
lustrative photographs, cuts and dia-
grams in volume, and they amount to
more than 250. Seven hundred and
seventy-six students were in the Sum-
mer Schools, with a faculty of 48
members. This sumptuous volume
is a most expensive and valuable pre-
sentation of one of Ohio's great Uni-
versities, of which there are several,
and will be assuredly prized by every
alumnus andalumna of the Ohio Uni-
San Francisco takes two of our men at $1800
San Francisco Business College took our man for the head
of their Gregg Shorthand Department at $1S00. Healds
Business College started the New Year with our candidate
at the head of their Business Practice Department at a sal-
ary of $1S00.
If you want a better position before September, or for
next year write us now. We get results. Let us assist you.
THE SPECIALISTS' EDUCATIONAL BUREAU
Robed A. Grant. Mgr. Luther B. D'Armond, Associate Mgr. Webster Groves, SL Louis, Mo.
HIGH SCHOOL POSITIONS IN 1 4 STATES
During the past few weeks we have filled from ONE to FIVE High School Positions in each
of fourteen different states. Salaries from $60 to $150 per month.
WE NEED MORE GOOD COMMERCIAL TEACHERS
Free rCEistration if you mention this JOURNAL.
CONTINENTAL TEACHERS' AGENCY, Bowling Green, Ky.
MIDLAND SPECIALISTS' BUREAU
Specialists for every department are in demand. We charge no
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ollment ins Write ui. N«
MORE THAN FIFTY REQUESTS
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CENTRAL TEACHERS' AGENCY, COLUMBUS, OHIO.
You Never Can Tell
when some school will want a teacher of your qualifications. The only safe
thing to do is to register with us and be ready. Don't think that because it is
late in the season there is no business. There are calls every week in the
year for teachers in some branch.
UNION TEACHERS' BUREAU, 229 Broadway, New York.
This is written "the morning after" — Christmas; just a few
minutes before our manager starts for the Chicago convention. The
editor says lie must have copy by January 1, and so we must be
brief. Among December calls, three came from the Pacific Coast
and one from the Middle West, for principals, at from $1500 up.
Every sign points to a large volume of business for this Agency in
1911. We want to help you, whether teacher or principal. Our
acquaintance, our experience, our carefully organized office machin-
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NEWS OF THE PROFESSION.
C. L. Walters, of The Bedford Busi-
ness University, Bedford, Indiana, re-
ports the largest enrollment in five
years' experience. He also reports
that the interest in Penmanship in
the County is so great that it makes
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We have received the Program of
the Graduating Exercises, on Friday,
Dec. 16, of the Eastman-Gaines
School of the City of New York. The
Program is beautifully illustrated by
the pictures of the building, owned
by the School in which it is located,
and claimed to be "the handsomest
and best equipped building devoted
to commercial work in the United
States," by pictures of Clement Car-
rington Gaines, President, and Hen-
ry Venable Gaines, Principal, of the
Institution. It also presents a list of
the students of the year.
Spaulding Commercial College,
Kansas City, Mo., under James F.
Spaulding, A. M., sends forth an ex-
ceedingly attractive souvenir Pro-
gram of its forty-fifth Anniversary,
given under the auspices of the S. C.
C. Literary Society. This program
was almost exclusively musical, show-
ing business and the arts going gra-
ciously hand in hand. We congratu-
late Mr. Spalding and his School on
their great prosperity.
T. P. McMenamin, Broad & Vine
Streets, Philadelphia, with twenty
years' experience as an examiner of
questioned handwriting, was recently,
as expert, called in a case where, by
a clever interpolation, a document was
made to take the form of a Will, in-
volving many thousand dollars. It is
possible this case may be written up
for our columns.
Large enterprises should be large-
ly advertised, and here comes a full
page Ad. in a large-sized paper,
"THE UNIVERSITY MISSOU-
RIAN," Columbia, Mo. This is the
announcement in captivating form
of the Columbia Business College,
and its unparalleled offer of a life-
scholarship in either its commercial
or shorthand departments, or the two
combined, and signed by its Presi-
dent, C. E. Baldwin. Success to this
caterer to young people.
The Vermont Business College,
Burlington, Vt., does not "put its
light under a bushel," but sends forth
a large annual calendar, suitable for
the walls of a business office or a li-
brary, to be examined every month
of the year. A holiday sermon and
a Greeting on another sheet accom-
pany the calendar.
It is a wonder that the picture pos-
tal card has not been more largely
used in the furtherance of Business
Education. But here we have it. The
Dakota Business College, Fargo,
North Dakota. "The Great Business
Training School of the North West,"
delights our eyes by two tastefully
colored postals representing its large
building with its new addition, and
also the immense room devoted to the
Department of Commerce and Bank-
ing. Such cards as these cannot fail
to give a strong impression of the
quality and .enterprise of a great
Is the best System of Short-
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is the equal of any as regards
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The many schools that
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and without an exception
state that they graduated
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10c. Gillott's No. 1 Pens, 10c. per doz. Lessons in Card
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Catalogues and circulars of the
schools named below will be sent free
Enos Spencer, President.
Practical Business School
St. Paul, Minn.
Walter Rasmussen, Proprietor.
COLEMAN NATL BUSINESS COL-
LEGE, NEWARK, NEW JERSEY.
E. B. Coleman, Pres.
A. S. Disbrow, Sec.-Treas.
UTICA SCHOOL OF COMMERCE,
UTICA, N. Y.
T. J. Risinger, Principal and Proprietor.
W. S. Risinger, Secretary.
For information address Marshall V. Gaines,
Principal, km Wa-hniKton St.. Poughkcepsie,
N. Y., or Henry V. Gaines. Principal, Lenox
Ave. and 123d St., New York, N. Y.
Founded 18S9 as Eastman National Business College
Academic, Business and Correspondence
Departments., Accounting, Bookkeeping, Com-
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Typewriting, Penmanship. Catalog on request.
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Penmen whose names appear below
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Chillicothe Bus. Col. & Nor. School,
WILLIAM H. SHAW
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Yonge & Gerrard Sts., Toronto.
MARSHALL D. EWELL
Microscopical Expert and Examiner
of Questioned Handwriting, Ink, Etc.
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69 Clark Street, Chicago, III.
JOHN T. GARLAND
36 South 5th St., Minneapolis, Minn.
Questioned Writings and Anonymous Letteri
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GEORGE H. KING,
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Examiner of Questioned Handwriting.
Ink and Paper.
Fifteen Years' Experience.
AUGUST HARTKORN, C. P. A.
Expert Examiner of Disputed Docu-
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41 Park Row, New York City.
NEWS OF THE PROFESSION
R. J. Maclean, for some years the
hustling superintendent of Goldey
College, is now the "man at the front"
in the various enterprises of the Spo-
kane Chamber of Commerce, Spo-
kane, Washington. Through his
wideawakeness, Chamber of Commerce
Luncheons are held every Tuesday
at 12 o'clock. See what a practical
bill of fare he presents in addition to
the attractions for the physical man:
Dec. 20. Industrial Day; Dec. 27, In-
surance Day; Jan. 3, City Water Day;
Jan. 10, Commercial Commissioners'
Day; Jan. 17, Wholesalers' Day; Jan.
24, Real Estate Day; etc. He invites
us to "drop in and talk it over." Alas,
Alas, we have no flying machine or
Pegasus. What shall we do?
"Dennis does it." Our Dennis.
Your Dennis. The Brooklyn Dennis.
The great Penman, Dennis. He is
one of the most designing men we
ever knew. He illuminates every-
thing he touches. He is thoroughly
engrossed in many undertakings. He
does do things. W. E. Dennis does
not need picture postal cards; he
makes them. He makes pen-picture
postals which are truly marvels of the
penman's art. Witness those received
in this office.
N. C. Brewster, the well-known
penman of Wellsboro, Pa., has been'
called to pass through the waters of
affliction, in the loss of his mother,
Mrs. Clara A. Brewster, who died at
her home in Waverly, N. Y., on Dec.
6, after a long illness, at the age of
We have received No. 8, Vol. XII,
of "PROGRESS," the monthly paper
of the The Parsons Business College,
Parsons, Kansas, edited by J. C. Ol-
son, President. Very few commer-
cial schools publish a magazine which
can compare with this one of twelve
pages and a cover. An attractive
flashlight picture of the College Ban-
quet, cuts of J. D. Carter, Principal
of the Business Department, Miss
Clara Sayre, Principal of the Short-
hand Department, and of twenty or
more students now in paying posi-
tions, with other illustrations, besides
rich and entertaining reading matter,
constitute the presentation of the
Business School which will celebrate
its Twentieth Anniversary on Janu-
ary 14, 1911.
The Catalogue of the Baker City
Normal and Business College, Baker
City, Oregon, has reached our desk.
A. L. McCauley is the Principal. The
curriculum and the claims and possi-
bilities of the institution are well pre-
sented. There is a vast population
in Baker and other counties, with five
hundred mines, and the youth of these
mining homes have a fine local school
in which to study for the world's
For OVER FIFTY YEARS have
maintained their superiority for
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Specimen Letter Ornamental and Super-
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